According to a new study conducted by the Pritzker School of Medicine, prostate cancer patients are more likely to die from other health issues.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine recently published research results in Renal and Urology News. The study followed 119,391 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1988 and 2003. Each of these men underwent a radical prostatectomy to treat their cancer. In a median follow-up period of 6.6 years, almost 18,000 of these patients died. However, 29% of the deaths among diagnosed patients were from cardiovascular causes, 27% were from malignancies that did not involve the prostate and 25% were from other causes. Therefore, only 19% of patient deaths were due to prostate cancer, a much lower proportion than would normally be assumed.
The lead researcher, Dr. Scott E. Eggener was quoted that he did not expect such a large difference between death related to prostate cancer and mortality from another cause. These findings may suggest that men should focus on maintaining their overall health, as it poses a greater risk for death than a radical prostatectomy. Further details on the study can be found here: