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MARINO MAGDARIAGA, Dora Lesbia; MARINO MAGDARIAGA, Enrique  and  SAGARO DEL CAMPO, Nelsa María. Pathologic findings in postmenopausal smokers with breast and lung cancers. MEDISAN [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.1, pp.25-30. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive and cross-sectional study was carried out in 58 smokers aged 59-80 years and histopathological diagnosis of malignant disease by biopsy or autopsy, whose samples were processed at the Pathology Department of "Dr Ambrosio Grillo Portuondo" Provincial Clinical and Surgical Teaching Hospital in Santiago de Cuba, from 2008 to 2010, to determine the relation of breast and lung cancers to the smoking habit in postmenopausal women. Variates such as past medical history, smoking habit, age at onset of smoking, tumor location (both in biopsies and autopsies), histological type of cancer and other pathologic findings were analyzed. Age group of 59-70 years (53.4%), breast and lung cancers (39.6% and 48.5%, respectively), carcinoma as the most observed histological type and atherosclerosis as the most frequent pathologic finding predominated in the series.

Keywords : woman; postmenopause; smoking habit; carcinoma; lung cancer; breast cancer; pathology; secondary health care.

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