Breast cancer: snuff said.

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“Breast cancer: snuff said.” Journal of Dental Hygiene 74.3 (Summer 2000): 172.


This brief news article reports on a study by John Spangler, a professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, which examined use of smokeless tobacco by Cherokee and (apparently) Lumbee women 18 or older. The study's results suggest a relationship between use of smokeless tobacco (or snuff) and higher mortality rates from breast cancer. Twenty-three percent of Lumbee women use snuff--a rate that is 38 times the national average. Fifty-one percent of Lumbee women over 65 use snuff. The breast cancer mortality rate for Lumbee women was 23.2 per 100,000--higher than the rate for Native American women overall, and higher than the rate for White women in North Carolina.

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