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Smoking worsens effect of early menopause on mortality, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4292
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Smoking seems to exacerbate the effect of early menopause on early mortality, a Swedish study has found.

The study, published in Menopause,1 asked a population based cohort of 25 474 postmenopausal women aged 48-83 questions about their age at menopause (based on the last menstrual period) and smoking, in a self administered questionnaire. The women were all members of the Swedish Mammography Cohort, which was established from 1987 to 1990.

A total of 5942 of women in the cohort died during 16 …

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