Prostate Cancer in Young Men - Getting More Frequent and Aggressive
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Prostate Cancer in Young Men - Getting More Frequent and Aggressive

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 17 Jul 2014 - 13:49

Prostrate-Cancer

The number of young men affected by prostate cancer has increased six-fold in the last 20 years itself, and the condition is now much getting much more aggressive and frequent according to a new study.

Prostate cancer is usually diagnosed in men in their 70s and 80s; however, researchers have now found how it is affecting younger men too.

"Early onset prostate cancer tends to be aggressive, striking down men in the prime of their life. These fast-growing tumors in young men might be entirely missed by screening because the timeframe is short before they start to show clinical symptoms," Kathleen A. Cooney, M.D., professor of internal medicine and urology at the University of Michigan, explained.

Men having a family history of prostate cancer are much more likely to be diagnosed with the disease, and the risk increases even more among individuals having multiple relatives affected by the condition.

The researchers have found that younger men who are diagnosed with this condition appear to have more genetic variants than those diagnosed with the disease later in life, which may be responsible for the early onset of disease.

Currently, it has been found that there is a very small percentage of risk of dying from this disease, however, aggressive cancers may turn out to be much more deadly.

 

References:

Journal: Nature Reviews Urology- Prostate cancer in young men: an important clinical entity

University of Michigan Health System- Prostate cancer in young men – more frequent and more aggressive?

 

 

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