As if the body of evidence on the benefits of quitting smoking wasn’t already tremendously large, researchers have found a new compelling reason for men to kick the habit. Ex-smokers, it seems, have a greater risk for experiencing recurring prostate cancers, but that’s not the case for those who give up the habit at least 10 years prior to having the prostate glands removed.
The latest research comes from a study that was published recently in the journal European Urology. To arrive at their findings, the study looked at 7,191 American and Austrian patients who had undergone prostatectomy procedures between 2000 and 2011. Over a period of about 28 months, men in the study who were current smokers saw their risk for recurrence rise to 80 percent versus men who had never picked up a cigarette. Former smokers were found to have a 63 percent higher risk than their nonsmoking counterparts. Men who had quit at least 10 years in the past, however, experienced the same risk rate as those who had never smoked before. That last finding may prove especially motivational for men who are trying to bolster enough reasons to kick the habit.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer found in American men. While this disease can prove to be rather slow-growing and may only require a wait-and-see approach as far as treatments go, that is not always the case. In more advanced or aggressive cases men may find radical prostatectomies their greatest hope for survival or the use of radiation treatments may be recommended. Recurrence is a concern in more advanced cases.
Men who are concerned about prostate cancer or who are working to kick the habit are urged to connect with their healthcare providers for assistance. There are a number of tools that can be used to help make quitting smoking easier. There are also early detection techniques for prostate cancer that can help give men an edge should this disease present.
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