Cancer treatment: Prostate cancer more deadly than thought

16th June 2011

Experts have revealed that prostate cancer is more deadly than previously thought, after they discovered that almost 50 per cent of patients die from the disease.

In the past it has always been considered that most people with the disease die from another condition first, but now researchers at King's College London have shown that is not the case.

Simon Chowdry, one of the authors of the study, said: "This confirms that prostate cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality for a large number of men and the importance of ongoing and future research into this area."

Cancer charities have spoken of their support for the study and the way it alters traditional views.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting around 34,000 men every year. It generally affects men over the age of 50 and can remain dormant in the body for many years before symptoms are experienced.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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