High-Risk Prostate Cancers Increased Between 2011 And 2013

High-Risk Prostate Cancers Increased Between 2011 And 2013
shutterstock_86097949A recent study showed that between the years 2011 and 2013 there was a significant increase in high-risk cases of prostate cancer. Results were presented during the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando. About 87,500 men who received treatment for prostate cancer since 2005 were analyzed in the study, with researchers finding a significant increase in the amount of higher-risk cases of prostate cancers between that specific period of time. A thorough analysis of these patients' data showed that the percentage of men diagnosed with both intermediate or high-risk disease increased about 6 units in that period. Until now a mortality increase has not been observed, however, researchers estimate that this apparent trend might result in an additional 1,400 prostate cancer deaths per year (supported by the 2014 estimated number of new prostate cancer cases plus the relative survival of patients with low and high-risk cancers). The authors emphasize that these results must be confirmed with additional research studies. Charles Ryan, ASCO Expert, stated in a press release: "This study, while preliminary, adds new insight to the ongoing debate
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Isaura Santos graduated with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a MA in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies from University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). Her professional interests include science communication, public awareness of science and communication of science through entertainment.

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