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Smoking Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Prostate Cancer Patients

Smoking Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Prostate Cancer Patients

Tuesday, 05 July 2011

You already know smoking is a major factor in lung diseases and is linked to many other diseases, including heart attack and stroke. Now a new study shows that men who are smokers when diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, and second only to lung cancer in the number of cancer deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 203,415 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 28,372 men died from it.

You can reduce your risk of many types of cancers, heart disease, lung disease, and other ailments by quitting smoking. The National Volunteer Fire Council, with support from Pfizer, created a smoking cessation program specifically for first responders. The Put It Out program offers resources and tools for individuals, departments, state associations, and family members of first responders. Tools include tips for quitting, ways to support those who are quitting, motivational materials, department smoking cessation policies, insurance information, and more.

Log on to www.healthy-firefighter.org/putitout today to start breathing easier and reduce your risk of many preventable diseases. For more information on smoking cessation and your health, visit http://healthy-firefighter.org/lifestyle/smoking. Visit www.cdc.gov/men for more men’s health resources and information.