It goes without saying that a prostate cancer diagnosis may be an especially perilous time for men because of the cancer. But prostate cancer death isn't the only risk tied to the first few months after diagnosis…
According to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are almost twice as likely to commit suicide and die of heart-related causes soon after their diagnosis compared with men of the general population. Read on for the full story…
Harvard study links prostate cancer diagnosis to higher risk of suicide and heart-related death
The study was conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School. To reach their findings, they analysed a national database of cancer
statistics in which nearly 350,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer
between 1979 and 2004.
The researchers followed these men for a year after they were diagnosed with prostate cancer
. During the follow-up period, 148 of the men committed suicide and 6,845 died from cardiovascular causes such as stroke or heart attack.
One man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 3 minutes.
But there’s no reason you should be the next statistic – Here’s why…
75% of all prostate cancer cases are preventable.
So why are millions of men still being diagnosed?
Because they go for the stock-standard PSA (prostate specific antigen) test their GP tells them is the only way to check their prostate health.
So, what’s wrong with the PSA test?
Well, it’s not designed to detect cancer.
Instead, it measures a protein your normal prostate cells make. And the more prostate tissue you have, the higher the protein levels in your blood.
It isn’t an accurate way to detect cancer.
Find out how to really protect your prostate how to protect your prostate and avoid becoming another medical statistic.
The researchers noted that historically, men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have been nearly twice as likely to commit suicide or die of heart-related causes soon after their diagnosis compared with men of the general population.
Researchers say suicide and heart-related death risk go hand in hand with mental illness
In their study, the researchers wrote that the increased risk of suicide and heart-related death “reflect only the tip of the iceberg of anxiety
, mood disturbance and perhaps other mental illness – or suffering – after prostate cancer diagnosis.”
On the bright side, the researchers found that earlier diagnosis of prostate cancer thanks to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing may have slowed down or even reversed these trends.
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