oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Women should really stop smoking! : clinical



Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in most populations. More men than women used to die of lung cancer, and breast cancer used to be the number one cause of cancer deaths in women. Not anymore! Nowadays, more women die of lung cancer than breast cancer. Even in South Africa it is frequently observed that more women smoke than men do. Loss of appetite is a "popular" side effect of nicotine abuse and many women would rather maintain normal weight than quit smoking. Women carry the same risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular incidents as men do, but they also have additional smoking-related health risks that are unique.


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