(BOSTON) -- Smoking increases the risk of dying from cancer -- but not just lung cancer.
By following over 5,300 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, a Harvard study finds that smoking also increases the risk of dying from prostate cancer. Compared to never-smokers, patients who were smokers at the time of prostate cancer diagnosis were at a 61 percent greater risk of dying from the disease. Smokers were also more likely to experience a relapse of their cancer and were at twice the risk of death from any cause compared to never-smokers. The more the patient smoked, the greater their risk of relapsing and dying from prostate cancer.
But there is a silver lining. According to the report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, men who had quit smoking 10 or more years prior to prostate cancer diagnosis had prostate cancer mortality risks similar to those of non-smokers.
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