Prostate Cancer Has Lower Recurrence Rates in Men with Type O Blood Type

Prostate Cancer Has Lower Recurrence Rates in Men with Type O Blood Type

imagesEverything from your diet to your exercise level has been linked the original diagnosis and recurrence of cancer, especially prostate cancer in men. The one thing that is usually left out of the discussion for causes of cancer or recurrence is your actual blood, but recent research studies have actually shown that men with type O blood are less likely to have their prostate cancer return after fighting the illness off.

The Study

Researchers behind the study presented their findings this week at the European Association of Urology congress in Sweden. The research study featured 555 patients that had a localized prostate cancer and between 2004 and 2010, underwent a radical prostatectomy.

A radical prostatectomy is a surgery that removes the entire prostate gland and is considered by most to be the premiere treatment for localized prostate cancer. For many patients who undergo this procedure, their prostate specific antigen counts still increase, which means that they are experiencing a biochemical recurrence.

In the past, there had been some research done looking at blood types and its overall effect on possible illnesses, but its link to a recurrence of any cancer, including and especially prostate cancer, has never been seen before until now.

For the study, researchers followed their patients for at least 52 months and they found that those patients with type O blood type saw a 35 percent less likely chance of having prostate cancer recurrence when compared to those with blood type A.

Despite these findings, researchers aren’t fully convinced that blood type plays a definite role in the recurrence of prostate cancer. To find this out for sure, there will need to be more follow up studies performed.

“For example, we know that there are wide racial and geographical variations in the distribution of the ABO blood groups, and we need to be sure that this effect is significant in other groups,” said Dr. Yoshio Ohno from the Tokyo Medical University.

While researchers don’t fully understand why blood type has any relationship with prostate cancer recurrence, Ohno feels that this information may be able to help scientists look for a new treatment method for those infected with the cancerous cells. Ultimately, the goal would be for researchers to counsel their patients with information about their cancer and their blood type and come up with additional treatment methods based solely on their blood type.

Recurrence of Prostate Cancer

The recurrence of prostate cancer is something that has been in the discussion lately. As I covered earlier this week, there is a new test that researchers feel could help determine your likelihood of developing prostate cancer recurrence. By using genetic signature, researchers feel that they were able to come up with a test that will help make the process simpler for all involved. After analyzing the tissues of more than 120 patients, and established a basis for where they could look for possible issues.

Prostate Cancer Numbers

For men in the United States and abroad, prostate cancer is one of the worst cancers that you can be diagnosed with. Among the reasons is the symptoms of prostate cancer usually only appear when it may already be too late for treatment. Because of this, prostate cancer is responsible for close to 30,000 deaths in the United States every year and more than 200,000 men are diagnosed each year.

The Center for Disease Control in the United States says that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in white, African American, Hispanic and American Indian / Alaska Native men.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

As we said earlier, prostate cancer often doesn’t show its symptoms until it is often too late to make a difference. Despite that, there are still some warning signs that the CDC advises you should be sure to keep track of. Among them are:

  • Pain in the back, pelvis and hips
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Difficulty urinating or having a weak flow of urine
  • Pain when ejaculating
  • Blood in urine or semen

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