Mortality of Prostate Cancer Among Older Men

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As the person gets older, he is much prone to develop various diseases which may be a product of organs wearing off as a result of aging. Malignancies such as prostate cancer are very common as one of the usual cause of deaths among males. It can hit a person at any stage of his life; however, older men are discovered to be of higher risk of dying from prostate cancer among any other ages, according to a new study.

The new research is from the University of Rochester, and is published online this week in the journal Cancer. According to the study, older males, specifically those who are in the age of 75 and older are prone of dying from prostate cancer because when they are diagnosed of having the disease, it is already in a far advance stage, and the prognosis is already very poor.

Recent controversial issues regarding routine cancer screening tests which are done at a specific age of a person such as the PSA test, Pap test, and mammography flooded the news and journals this week. This is because a government panel scrutinizes the routinely done cancer screening tests. According to the panel, these various cancer screening tests should be removed in the lists of routine tests done to a person when the physician suspects malignancies, because it results to unnecessary biopsies and thus produce more harm than good.

Conversely, the new study implicates the benefits of early detection and prompt intervention especially among the older population. If the disease is diagnosed earlier than not, there is a greater chance of saving a person’s life, making him live more years than expected.

According to the lead author of the study, Guan Wu, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Urology and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He said: “We hope our study will raise awareness of the fact that older men are actually dying at high rates from prostate cancer.” It is but necessary for the public to delve on this situation because both the physician and the patient can discuss earlier possible benefits and detriments of various treatment modalities available for the treatment of prostate cancer.

The study involves analysis of data of cancer patients from Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. The data gathered were dated from the year of 1998 to 2007. This involves the analysis of about 464,918 records of men who were diagnosed of having prostate cancer. The findings of the study reveal that in general, far advanced stage of cancer increases with age. This means that the older the person is, the greater the chance of diagnosing the disease at its metastatic stage.




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