22nd June 2011
Prostate cancer patients who smoke after being diagnosed with the disease may be increasing their risk of the disease recurring or dying from the condition, a new study has shown.
Research conducted in Boston, in America, discovered that there was a link between smoking and prostate cancer, which also meant that those who smoked at the time of diagnosis may be at risk of a more aggressive disease, as well as mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Lead author Stacey Kenfield and her team conducted an observational study of more than 5,300 men diagnosed with prostate cancer over a 20-year period. Results showed that smokers had a 61 per cent increased risk of dying from the disease or recurrence of the disease than the men who had never smoked.
Senior author Edward Giovannucci said: "These data are exciting because there are few known ways for a man to reduce his risk of dying from prostate cancer. For smokers, quitting can impact their risk of dying from prostate cancer. This is another reason not to smoke."
According to Boots Web MD, prostate cancer is considered to be a less serious form of cancer, as it is slow-growing and slow-progressing.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
Kenfield, Stacey, et al. "Smoking and Prostate Cancer Survival and Recurrence." Journal of the American Medical Association. June 2011.
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