1. Cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk of biochemical recurrence following prostatectomy
For the first time, an international study led by MedUni Vienna and Basel University Hospital has provided evidence of a link between smoking and biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate cancer after prostatectomy. In a study of 6,538 patients, Rieken and colleagues showed a significant 63% and 80% increased risk of BCR in ex-smokers and current smokers, respectively, compared to ‘never smokers’. The research also showed that the negative impact of smoking on the risk of BCR is reduced to that of ‘never smokers’ after 10 years of not smoking.