Tobacco – Is this a new prostate cancer risk?
Several risk factors have been linked (e.g. animal fat, red meat, dairy products, being overweight, etc.) to prostate cancer, but there is insufficient evidence to support that they are risk factors beyond doubt. But what about tobacco? More research is needed to clarify the role of these factors in the development of prostate cancer.
We already know that smoking is an aggravating factor for the risk of multiple cancers such as lung, kidney, or bladder. However, the researchers came to conflicting conclusions about the increased risks of prostate cancer associated with smoking. Smoking tobacco may increase the risk of prostate cancer. Some studies also show that smoking tobacco may increase the risk of recurrence, death, and being diagnosed with more aggressive or advanced prostate cancer.
But more studies are needed to better understand the possible associations between smoking and the risk of prostate cancer. Regardless, smoking is not good for your health… but one very hard habit to throw out the window.
I Can’t. I Don’t Have the Willpower…
Have repeated failures changed the way you see yourself? You think you’re weak or stupid for failing at quitting smoking despite the negative impact tobacco has on your health? If you answered “yes” these thoughts are harmful to you and moreover, completely unfounded!
- You are fighting a drug that is as addictive as cocaine or heroin. That’s really powerful!
- Willpower alone is not enough to quit smoking. Your determination must be based on a project or values that are really dear to your heart. Ask yourself the following question: Is quitting smoking really important to me? If the answer is yes, you have the basis for your motivation. You just need to reinforce it.
Your motivation will be greater if:
- You are convinced that the advantages of quitting smoking surpass the inconveniences that you may encounter.
- You are confident that you can use effective methods to face the difficulties you may encounter.
- The drawbacks of quitting smoking don’t last while the advantages will last the rest of your life.
- The help or supposed benefits tobacco brings come with a host of negative consequences for your physical, mental and economic health. The same advantages can be obtained by a bunch of simple means with positive effects on all aspects of your life.
Quit smoking, take action and change your life
Want to quit smoking? You can do it! Take advantage of services offered free of charge. Whether online, over the phone or in person, there is a solution available to help you quit smoking.
- Talk with a specialist at I Quit Now: 1-866-527-7283 J’ARRÊTE
- Go to the I Quit Now Website
- Book an appointment for individual or group sessions with a professional at your CLSC’s Quit-smoking Centre
- Receive text messages with tips and tricks by joining SMAT
- Ask your pharmacist to help you choose among the products available in pharmacies: patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers and sprays
- Take up the challenge by participating in the Quit to Win! Challenge
- Walk or run with other smokers by registering for the Walk or Run to Quit Program
- I QUIT NOW — Tobacco-Free Quebec(Québec Council on Tobacco and Health)
- De Facto — Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec
- Quit to Win! Challenge
- Smoke-Free Family
- Smoke Free Lifestyle — Québec.ca
- Smoking, vaping and tobacco — Health Canada
- Tobacco Control Act — Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux
Take the time to visit each of our pages on this website, as well as our YouTube channel, in order to get familiar with the disease with our expert lectures, our section on available resources, the support that is offered to you.
Do you have any questions or concerns? Above all, do not hesitate. Contact us at 1 855 899-2873 to discuss with a nurse specializing in uro-oncology. It's simple and free, like all our services.
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