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HHS HealthBeat (July 13, 2011)

Prostate cancer, smoking and early death

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Prostate cancer is not one of the more quickly fatal cancers. But a study indicates there is a way to make it worse. At the Harvard School of Public Health, Stacey Kenfield saw this in 22 years of data on more than 5,300 men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Those who were smokers at the time of diagnosis were more likely to die. But Kenfield says those who had quit smoking 10 years before diagnosis were no more likely than were men who had never smoked. And she says:

``If one stops smoking, they have a reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence and improved prostate cancer survival.’’  (6 seconds)

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: July 12, 2011