New Study: Smoking Worsens Prognosis in Prostate Cancer Patients

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York recently published results from a study that explored the impact of smoking history on prostate cancer treatment and progression. The findings indicated that smoking causes prostate cancer patients to fare worse than their non-smoking counterparts.

The clinical study, published in the journal BJU International, analyzed the smoking history of 2,400 prostate cancer patients who underwent treatment between 1988 and 2005. The results of the study concluded that the likelihood of surviving prostate cancer for a decade was about 66 percent among patients who had never smoked. By comparison, that figure fell to 52 percent among patients who were current smokers.

You can read more details from the study here.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Hospitals. In recognition of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Reno CyberKnife encourages those who smoke to consider quitting or enrolling in a smoking cessation program to kick the habit.

For more information about World No Tobacco Day, visit their website, and for tips on maintaining prostate health, read our blog post.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.