Newswire (Published: Friday, September 14, 2018, 5:31:00 AM CDT, Received: Friday, September 14, 2018, 5:45:12 AM CDT)
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Dr. David Samadi Comments on Raised Risk of Suicide for Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
Renowned Prostate Cancer Surgeon and Urologic Oncologist On Why Men Need To Know The Many Treatment Options Available to Improve Quality of Life
During National Prostate Health Month - for men, receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer can be anxiety-provoking and upsetting. For some of these men, hearing this information may be so distressing as to trigger thoughts of suicide. This news is from a recent study finding that men are at an elevated risk of suicide following a prostate cancer diagnosis. But
This is especially concerning and disheartening to me as a urologist who deals with men diagnosed with prostate cancer, exclaimed
The study was a meta-analysis of 8 observational studies that included over 1.2 million men with prostate cancer who were compared to over 800,000 men who did not have prostate cancer. From this analysis, researchers found that men during the first year after receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis had an overall 2-fold increased risk of committing suicide. The risk was more pronounced among men older than 75 years of age at diagnosis.
The study was able to conclude that once a man was past one year of their diagnosis, the risk of suicide was reduced, explained
Another interesting finding from the study was that 51% of men aged 75 years or older at diagnosis had a higher risk of suicide than men without prostate cancer. Men who were 66 years or younger at the time of their diagnosis of prostate cancer had a lower suicide risk of 37%. It was also noted that men receiving hormonal therapy had a significant 80% increased risk of suicide when compared to men without prostate cancer. For men undergoing curative treatment for prostate cancer, their risk of suicide was much lower at only an 11% increased risk.
This is not the first study to analyze suicide risk among men diagnosed with prostate cancer, explained
One of the most important sources of emotional support for men receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis is their physician.
This is why I am supporter of prostate cancer support groups for men, he says. Men who have prostate cancer know what men newly diagnosed are going through. The advice and hope they offer is invaluable. No man should ever feel alone as they go through their diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer can contact world renowned prostate cancer surgeon and urologic oncologist, Dr.
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