Is smoking associated with prostate cancer-specific mortality?

According to a news report on the NBC News web site today, the decline in smoking across America appears to “track with” the decline in prostate cancer-specific mortality.

You can find the NBC story here. It is based on a report by Jones et al. in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

We would emphasize that it is not possible to state categorically that stopping smoking lowers risk for prostate cancer. We can’t prove cause and effect. What Jones and her colleagues report, however, is that there certainly appears to be a strong association between the two (in the data from the four states that they looked at) and that that association appears to “kick in” as soon as men stop smoking (as opposed to if you stop smoking and the reduction in risk happens several years later).

Your sitemaster is pleased to report that, after smoking like a chimney for the best past of 30 years, he managed to turn off the tap in the late 1990s!

Smoking isn’t good for men with prostate cancer (redux)

Back in 2011 we commented on a report indicating that men who continued smoking after initial treatment for prostate cancer (or who were smokers up to 10 years prior to their treatment) were at significantly higher risk for prostate cancer progression than non-smokers. … READ MORE …

The risks of continuing to smoke after diagnosis, treatment for prostate cancer

An article just published in BJU International has further confirmed the risks associated with continuing to smoke cigarettes after initial diagnosis with, and treatment for, prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

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 …

Does smoking history predict PSA levels in a clinically significant manner?

A new paper published on line in the Journal of Urology suggests that the PSA and %free PSA levels of current smokers and former smokers may be statistically significantly impacted compared to those of men who have very rarely or never smoked.

More good reasons to stop smoking if you are at risk for prostate cancer

New data from a research team at Stanford University in California have further confirmed the effect of “heavy” smoking on the diagnosis of men with prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Men should stop smoking 10 years BEFORE a prostate cancer diagnosis

New data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFUS) suggest that men who are smokers at the time of diagnosis of prostate cancer are at increased risk for prostate cancer progression or recurrence and prostate cancer-specific mortality compared to those who have never smoked or who stopped at least 10 years earlier. … READ MORE …

Non-ASTRO prostate cancer news reports: Friday, November 6, 2009

In today’s news reports from sources other than the ASTRO meeting, we note items dealing with:

  • PSA bounce in brachytherapy patients
  • Fatal prostate cancer and a history of smoking
  • Ketoconazole + dutasteride in treatment of CRPC … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Thursday, October, 2009

In today’s news reports we cover items on:

  • Risks for prostate cancer from  smoking and increased adipose tissue
  • The role of religious activities in prostate cancer testing among African Americans
  • Blood loss at the time of surgery and risk for progressive disease … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news reports: Wednesday, August 19

Today’s news reports address:

  • Smoking and risk for prostate cancer
  • Assessing risk for a positive second biopsy after a prior negative biopsy
  • Smoking pot won’t cure your cancer but …
  • Pemetrexed not effective as a single agent in CRPC patients after docetaxel failure … READ MORE …

The news report: Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today’s news reports address:

  • The association between metabolic syndrome and prostate cancer
  • The association between health habits (smoking, drinking, and exercise) and prostate cancer risk
  • The use of MRI to project risk of disease recurrence post-surgery
  • Another possible long-term drug development lead … READ MORE …