Study dispels prostate cancer assumptions

Even though 10,000 men die from prostate cancer each year it is commonly thought that many that have the disease die from another illness first. New King’s College research however goes towards dispelling this theory by showing that over half of men that get the cancer dies from it as well.

The study researched records of over 50,000 men with prostate cancer between 1997 and 2007. Just over half of the men died during than period and 49% of them died from prostate cancer itself. The others that died were caused by other cancers (12%), pneumonia (8%), heart disease (17%) and other causes.

Presented in London at the National Cancer Intelligence Network conference the findings hope to help raise prostate cancer’s profile which accounts for over 37,000 new cases each year in the UK.

It is pertinent for specialist and healthcare planners to understand that particularly for men with advanced prostate cancer their disease is a very significant risk no just to their health but also to their life and the old thought that most men die with it and not from it is just not the truth with advanced state cancer.

Guy’s and St Thomas’s Foundation Trust in London consultant oncologist Simon Chowdhury authored the study and said this confirms what many had thought, that prostate cancer is a big cause of morbidity for a large number of men and it is imperative to have ongoing and future research into the area.