One more reason to cut out the cigarettes

Surgeons already don’t like to operate on smokers. They don’t do as well during and after surgery as non-smokers, not least because smokers can have problems with anesthesia. Now come data suggesting that smoking during radiation therapy is a pretty lousy idea too. … READ MORE …

Is smoking causing 15 to 25 percent of prostate cancer-specific deaths each year?

A new paper just published in European Urology offers further evidence from a meta-analysis of data from 51 different primary papers that smoking tobacco does increase a man’s risk of dying from prostate cancer — by about 24 percent compared to the risk for non-smokers. … READ MORE …

Metabolic aberrations and risk for prostate cancer

According to a newly published study of data from > 285,000 European males (the Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer Project), men with metabolic aberrations are at slightly less risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer compared with men who have normal levels of metabolic factors … but their risk for prostate cancer-specific mortality is similar. … READ MORE …

Mortality, body mass index, and Gleason score: the relationship

New data appear to suggest that you really don’t want to be diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer if you are significantly over-weight or obese. … READ MORE …

Short-term outcomes after prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in France

An article available in full on the Medscape web site provides an overview of short-term outcomes of > 43,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in France in 2009 and followed for 2 years based on data in the French national health insurance information system (SNIIRAM). You do need to register with Medscape to be able to read the article (but registration is free). … READ MORE …

Over-use of PSA testing in men > 65 with short life expectancies?

Why is it that we seem to be so focused on testing for risk of prostate cancer in older men with life expectancies of < 10 years, i.e., men who are almost certainly at very low risk for clinically significant disease? … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer mortality rates in the UK drop by 21 percent

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Cancer Research UK is claiming that deaths from prostate cancer in the UK have drop by 20.8 percent during the 19-year period from 1991-93 to 2010-12. … READ MORE …

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