A cohort study of cigarette smoking and risk of fibroadenoma

J Epidemiol Biostat. 1999;4(4):297-302.


Background: This cohort study examines the association between cigarette smoking and risk of fibroadenoma.

Methods: The study was conducted among the 56,537 women in the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (NBSS) who completed self-administered lifestyle and dietary questionnaires. (The NBSS is a randomised, controlled trial of screening for breast cancer in women aged 40-59 at recruitment.) Cases were the 222 women who were diagnosed with biopsy-confirmed incident fibroadenoma. For comparative purposes, a subcohort, consisting of a random sample of 5,681 women was selected from the full dietary cohort. After exclusions for various reasons, the analyses were based on 222 cases and 5,488 non-cases. Incidence rate ratios (IRR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated using Poisson regression.

Results: Cigarette smoking was associated with reduced risk of fibroadenoma, the IRR (95% CI) for more than 550 cigarette-years of exposure being 0.66 (0.40-1.10). Although the reduction in risk was evident for all smokers combined (ex-smokers and current smokers), it was indicative largely of an inverse association in current smokers, in whom the IRR (95% CI) for > 300 cigarette-years of exposure was 0.49 (0.24-0.98). The results were mostly the same when examined in strata defined by method of detection of fibroadenoma, menopausal status and history of previous breast disease. There was no evidence for a reduction in risk with time since last use of cigarettes.

Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that cigarette smoking is associated with reduced risk of fibroadenoma, especially in current smokers.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Fibroadenoma / epidemiology*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects*