IBD May Raise Person’s Risk of Prostate Cancer, Study Reports

IBD May Raise Person’s Risk of Prostate Cancer, Study Reports
Men with a history of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis may be more prone to prostate cancer than those without any inflammatory bowel disease, a review study suggests. The study “Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Risk of Prostate Cancer” was published in the journal European Urology. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), whether Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (its two main types), is marked by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Such inflammation has been associated with the higher risk of cancer in the digestive tract, although a possible link between IBD  and prostate cancer is not well-studied. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels are used as a diagnostic test for prostate cancer. Data available to date has not compared PSA levels in men with IBD and those without this disease, the authors wrote. Researchers at the Northwestern Medicine reviewed the medical records of 1,033 men with IBD and 9,306 non-IBD who were treated in its network between July 1996 and June 2014. All had undergone at least one PSA screening test, with patients grouped into 10-year age ranges. The median follow-up time for IBD patients was 6.5 years and 4.7 years for those in the control group. At the five-year follow-up mark, prostate cancer cases were reported in 2.8% of the IBD patients while its inci
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