Long-Term Smokers More Likely to Have Cancer Recurrence

Categories: Winter 2019
A new study revealed further evidence that smoking leads to worse results for prostate cancer patients.

The research team looked at data of nearly 1,641 men with prostate cancer who were treated with surgery or had radiation. About 47% of the patients were smokers at some point in their lives. Although the data did not find a correlation between smoking in general and cancer recurrence, the men who smoked for 10 years or longer were more likely to have biochemical cancer recurrence. Specifically, these men were 2.3 times more likely to have cancer recurrence compared to men who smoked for less than 10 years.

Ann Epidemiol. 2019 Oct;38:4-10. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.08.011. Epub 2019 Sep 6.

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