Inflammatory Bowel Disease Raises Prostate Cancer Risk

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Men with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC), for example — are at increased risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a study conducted at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In fact, results of this 20-year study suggest this risk may be up to five times higher than normal, and that men with IBD are also more likely to have increased PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels.

For this study, 1,033 men with inflammatory bowel disease and a control group of 9,306 men who didn’t have Crohn’s or UC were monitored over an 18-year period. Researchers found that the men with IBD were significantly more likely to have higher PSA levels and to develop prostate cancer.

IBD affects about 1 million men in the United States. According to the researchers, these men should undergo careful screening for prostate cancer.

Sourced from: European Urology