Study Finds Association Between Asthma And Lower Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer

Study Finds Association Between Asthma And Lower Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Results from a recent large study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers indicate that men with an asthma medical history are less prone to develop severe prostate cancer when compared to men who never suffered from the disease. The study, which was published in the International Journal of Cancer, reviewed the medical history of 47,880 men, with results showing that men with a medical history of asthma were 29% less prone to receive an advanced stage prostate cancer diagnosis. In addition, asthmatic men were 36% less prone to die from prostate cancer. According to Elizabeth A. Platz, Sc.D., M.P.H., a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, these results are quite surprising since previous research has shown that there is an association between prostate cancer and asthma-related inflammation. However, as Platz noted, one cannot assume that asthma is a protective factor for prostate cancer. “We don’t know yet whether the association we see in this observational study is a case of cause and effect,” she said in a recent news release. Results from the study indicated that asthmatic men were less likely to develop deadly prostate cancer even when controlling for factors such as if men took asthma medication or if the diagnosis was made later in life. The team o
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Daniela holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, a MSc in Health Psychology and a BSc in Clinical Psychology. Her work has been focused on vulnerability to psychopathology and early identification and intervention in psychosis.

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