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Could a Prostate Cancer Treatment Raise Colon Cancer Risk?
Date:11/10/2010

n diagnosed with prostate cancer get screened for colorectal cancer for the first time, so cancers are picked up because of screening that has nothing to do with treatment, he said.

"To discern if this is a real effect or not, the researchers would have to assess the intervals of colorectal screening in the men who got long-term hormones or prostatectomy or none. I'll bet you'll find that the incidences of this are affected by the fact that most of them are having their screening for the first time," D'Amico said.

"So I am not convinced," he added.

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For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Vahakn B. Shahinian, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Jennifer H. Lin, Ph.D., instructor, preventive medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Anthony D'Amico, M.D., Ph.D., chief, radiation oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Nov. 10, 2010, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online


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