Death of Spouse Could Raise Odds for Prostate Cancer

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By Robert Preidt
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FRIDAY, Aug. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Widowers person a higher hazard for precocious prostate cancer than men who are portion of a couple, Canadian researchers say.

The caller findings are from an investigation of 12 studies comparing 14,000 men recently diagnosed with prostate crab and 12,000 steadfast men.

The survey — precocious published successful the European Journal of Epidemiology — suggests that societal situation is an important origin successful men's hazard of precocious prostate cancer.

"This ample radical of subjects showed america that widowers were astatine hazard of being diagnosed aboriginal than joined men oregon men successful relationships," said survey writer Charlotte Salmon, a doctoral pupil astatine the National Institute of Scientific Research successful Quebec City, Canada.

Salmon's thesis focused connected societal isolation and the incidence of prostate cancer.

A fig of erstwhile studies person linked surviving with a spouse to a healthier lifestyle.

"Without a spouse's encouragement to spot a doc oregon get screened if determination are symptoms, cancers stay undetected longer and whitethorn beryllium diagnosed astatine a much precocious stage," Salmon said successful an institute quality release. "This makes the prognosis bleaker."

To enactment healthy, widowers should get enactment from household and friends and person regular aesculapian follow-up, the survey authors recommended.

Other imaginable reasons for the accrued hazard of precocious prostate crab successful widowers see manner factors specified arsenic alcohol usage and the affectional interaction of bereavement, the researchers suggested.

Diet could besides beryllium a hazard factor, they said.

The researchers program further studies to analyse reasons for the hazard and to place due nationalist wellness strategies to trim it.

Along with examining men's marital status, Salmon plans to besides look astatine the fig of household members surviving with them, household structure, vicinity characteristics and different societal factors.

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The American Cancer Society has much connected prostate cancer.

SOURCE: National Institute of Scientific Research, quality release, Aug. 12, 2021

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