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Prostate Cancer and Smoking-One More Reason To Stop Smoking

Men who smoke at the time they’re diagnosed with prostate cancer have an increased risk of recurrence and death compared with those who have never smoked cigarettes. Odds for men who quit smoking at least 10 years previously, on the other hand, are similar to those of never smokers.

Evidence continues to mount of an association between lifestyle factors and health. Smoking is a commonly investigated behavior for its association with several forms of cancer as well as other disease and illnesses.

To better investigate whether smoking affects outcomes for patients with prostate cancer, researchers with Harvard School of Public Health and University of California, San Francisco, evaluated 5,366 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1986 and 2006. The outcomes they measured included overall mortality, prostate cancer-specific mortality, death from cardiovascular disease, and a rise in PSA level).

  • Men who currently smoked had an increased risk for all-cause mortality, prostate cancer mortality, death from cardiovascular disease, and biochemical recurrence compared with never smokers.
  • Smokers who had quit for 10 years or more had a similar risk of prostate cancer death as never smokers.

Bottom Line: This is one more reason to stop smoking cigarettes especially if you are at risk for prostate cancer, i.e., have a close relative with prostate cancer or are African-American as the incidence of prostate cancer is greater in both groups of men.   

Reference: Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Chan JM, et al. Smoking and prostate cancer survival and recurrence. JAMA.2011;305(24):2548-2555. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.879.