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  • 8/1/2010

Bone scan predicts prostate cancer risk

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Bone scans can help identify individuals at risk of developing aggressive prostate tumors in the long run, a new study suggests.

Previous studies have reported the increased rate of bone metastases in individuals suffering from prostate cancer, pointing out a biological link between the tumor and bone.

While bone mineral content is believed to decline with age, the new study reported no reduction in the bone mineral content of old men later diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancers.

According to the study published in the British Journal of Urology International, old men suffering from prostate cancer are more likely to have high levels of bone mineral content compared to the values measured up to 35 years earlier.

"Although the biology underlying this association requires additional study, these findings suggest that host factors in the bony milieu may be related to prostate cancer development and the progression to advanced disease," said lead researcher Stacy Loeb.

Scientists are optimistic that their findings would pave the way for the early detection of prostate cancer in vulnerable men, protecting them from the devastating consequences of the slow-growing disease.

Source: presstv.ir

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