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Women smokers more likely to develop cancer

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Women who smoke have a higher risk of developing cancer than their male peers, a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reveals.

Researchers investigated the medical records of 600,000 patients and discovered the bowel cancer risk linked to smoking was twice as high in women than men.

Female smokers had a 19 per cent increased risk of the disease while male smokers had a 9 per cent increased risk.

Women who started smoking when they were 16 or younger and those who had smoked for decades were also at substantially increased risk of bowel cancer.

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