from journal European Urology
It is well-known that smokers have an increased risk of developing various cancers. Results from a long-term study into prostate cancer yields a more complete picture of smoking and risk of death. Using statistics from more than three hundred fifty thousand men in Sweden, researchers found risk of dying from prostate cancer among smokers was about twenty percent higher than men who had never smoked. The risk of death increased if the men were also overweight or obese. The study, in the journal Euopean Urology, does not deal with why smokers have a poorer prognosis once they develop prostate cancer. Another important question is whether the prognosis could be improved by stopping smoking after the cancer diagnosis.