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Cigarette smoking and the risk of mucinous and nonmucinous epithelial ovarian cancer.

​Cigarette smoking may promote the development of mucinous type of epithelial ovarian cancer in women.

This study evaluated the effect of cigarette smoking on the development of mucinous and non-mucinous epithelial ovarian cancer. Using data obtained from 2,134 subjects, researchers observed that a significant elevation in the risk of developing mucinous type of epithelial ovarian cancer was associated with cigarette smoking.

According to this study, the higher the pack-years of smoking, the greater a woman's chances of suffering from mucinous epithelial ovarian cancer. On the other hand, cigarette smoking was found to have no effect on the odds of developing of non-mucinous type of epithelial ovarian cancer in this study. The findings of this study reveal that cigarette smoking may be a major contributing factor to the development of mucinous type of epithelial ovarian cancer.

Research Summary Information

  • 2002
  • Modugno F, Ness RB, Cottreau CM.
  • Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 516A Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. fm@cs.cmu.edu
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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