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Self-Reported Prostatitis Linked to Prostate Cancer, BPH

Cross-sectional study suggests more research is needed

MONDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A history of prostatitis is associated with greater odds of prostate cancer and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), however, more study is needed to determine if there is a true link, according to the study in the November issue of Urology. In the cross-sectional study of 5,821 men aged 65 and older, all three diagnoses were self-reported.

Nicholas A. Daniels, M.D., of the University of California at San Francisco and the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Research Group, found that 1,439 men, or 25%, said they had a history of prostatitis.

Twenty-six percent of the subgroup said they had a history of prostate cancer compared with 7% for the entire study population. Eighty-three percent of those with a history of prostatitis had a history of BPH compared with 38% of the group as a whole. Twenty-one percent were dissatisfied with their current urinary status compared with 11% of the entire group.

A self-reported history of prostatitis carried odds ratios of 8.0 for BPH, 5.4 for prostate cancer and 1.2 for dissatisfaction with current urinary condition.

"Because of the cross-sectional nature of the data, our findings do not suggest causality, but do call for additional research into the relationship of prostatitis to other diseases of the prostate," the authors conclude.

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