Smokers are more likely to develop prostate cancer but only half as likely to get themselves tested for the condition, a study involving Westcountry academics has revealed.
Researchers from the UK, Italy and US, including Plymouth University, looked at the links between the habit and the disease, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among the male population. It showed more than half (50.4%) of non-smokers and almost two-thirds (63.5%) of ex-smokers had been screened for the condition, while less than a third (31.7%) of smokers had done so. Dr Yaniv Hanoch, associate professor in psychology at Plymouth University, was part of the research team. He said: "Smokers, by the nature of their habit, are seemingly less concerned about their general state of health than the rest of the population. But individuals who engage in unhealthy behaviours such as smoking are at increased risk of both suffering a disease and failing to detect it."
The current study questioned around 300 men aged 46 and over on topics including their current smoking habits and whether they had previously undergone prostate cancer tests.