Smoking: Should I quit?

Today, over 13% of women in the United States smoke cigarettes. Previous research has proven that cigarette smoking contributes to the development of many cancers and can weaken an individual’s immune system. Specifically, cigarette smoking is associated with the development of lung cancer, which is the number one cause of death for women in the United States. In the context of gynecological cancers, women who are current or prior smokers and also have abnormal pap smears or cervical dysplasia due to the humanpapilloma virus (HPV have a two to three times increased risk of development high-grade cervical lesions or invasive cervical cancer. Furthermore, research has revealed a correlation between current smoking and earlier onset of menopause.