New research points out another cancer prognosis worsened by smoking. This research from an international group of scientists and clinicians from the United States and Europe found that current smokers and those who quit less than 10 years previously are at higher risk of prostate cancer recurrence after surgery.
The group retrospectively reviewed biochemical prostate cancer recurrence in 7,191 men who had undergone radical prostatectomy.
Among the men, approximately one-third each were never smokers, former smokers, and current smokers. After a median follow-up of 28 months, current smokers had approximately double the chance of the cancer recurring. Those who had quit within the last 10 years had a significantly higher risk.
The researchers report that their results confirm what is seen in many other cancers: smoking increases the risk of recurrence after initial treatment.
Furthermore, they recommend that patients stop smoking after a diagnosis of prostate cancer is determined.
Current smokers, and those who have quit smoking less than 10 years previously, have twice the risk of a recurrence of prostate cancer after surgery, according to new research presented at the European Association of Urology conference in Madrid.