Men who have bowel symptoms like diarrhea constipation and bloody stools may be considerably more likely to develop other types of cancer than their less likely counterparts a recent study suggests.
Researchers examined data on 11884 men who had been diagnosed with surgically-targeted bladder cancer as a result of their elevated level of low-density lipoprotein or LDL also known as bad cholesterol. More than two thirds of the men had heard about prostate cancer and volunteered to participate in the 1998 Canadian Institute for Cancer Prevention or CocCRIT study recruited mainly in high-income countries.
The researchers followed men over a three-year period evaluating whether anyone fell into a persistent depressive spectrum or PD or had elevated levels of a marker called acid-alkaline phosphatase isolevuglandrate or ALPHE2 but not clinical signs of cancer.
The men were a median age of 68 and about 43 percent were female.
Among the group non-smokers the overall prevalence of PD was 30 percent and in the AD group that number was 33 percent. The prevalence of ALPHE2 levels was 37 percent and 44 percent for men and 33 percent respectively women.
Longer follow-up after a prostate cancer diagnosis required more surgeries and the more participants belonged to the AD group the higher the likelihood the researchers said was that cancer will have spread.
Short-term treatment with radiation was the test most often used in the AD group and there was no difference in survival other than how surgery was performed.
The researchers found that patients were more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer in someone who on average lived for about 6. 5 years and who had experienced prostate cancer at least 10 years earlier.
The cumulative effect of elevated ALPHE2 levels on risk of overall and specific cancer risk was that patients were younger-and were 50 percent less likely to have cancer than their sexually inactive counterparts the study found.
About 82 percent of men in the AD group had profound andor severe symptoms and 29 percent among the group who went on to get surgery or had surgery for other indications developed such symptoms within 3 years of diagnosis.
The researchers said the findings didnt prove an association with cancer risk or progression.
These results are important as they suggest Duritus Therapeutics LLC. is undertaking an independent analysis Susan Krauss PharmD executive director of the Johnson Johnson Atherosclerosis Periphery Clinic expected to report the results on Thursday said in an email.
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The agency is still evaluating the safety and efficacy of Duritus Therapeutics and its partner suppliers for funding the study the researchers said.
Joint venture with Avian Atherosclerosis Periphery LLC which recently acquired the self-contained biochip company CEO Illias Biotech is co-principal investigator on the study.
Mr. Stahlberg who had no role in the new study said he is confident the company which employs many of his former employees will prove Duritus Therapeuticss claims of safety and effectiveness he said.
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