Smokers Twice As Likely To Have Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Smokers Twice As Likely To Have Prostate Cancer Recurrence
shutterstock_69262654Patients who need prostate cancer surgery and are smokers or quit smoking less than 10 years prior to surgery are twice as likely to suffer from prostate cancer recurrence. The finding came from a group of international scientists and physicians and the conclusions were presented during the European Association of Urology conference in Madrid. Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis to assess the biochemical recurrence of the disease, with patients followed for an average of 28 months. Prostate cancer is typically treated with radical prostatectomy and in about 30% of the cases patients experience biochemical recurrence within ten years after the procedure, defined as increased levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). "This is a new analysis, but it seems to confirm results we have seen in many other types of cancer: basically, smoking increases the risk of cancer recurrence after initial treatment. Prostate cancer mortality varies widely throughout Europe," explained the lead investigator in the study Malte Rieken from University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. "The fact that cancer recurrence can vary so dramatically due to smoking is
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