Navigation Links
Prostate Cancer Survival Varies by Season
Date:10/7/2007

Prognosis improves in summer, fall, study finds

SUNDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer and fall have a better chance of survival than those diagnosed in the spring and winter, a new study of Norwegian men suggests.

"Summer and autumn months correspond to times when vitamin D is highest (in Norway). Although the study does not prove vitamin D is the determining factor, it does suggest that this possibility should be studied further," study co-author Dr. Tomasz Beer, director of the prostate cancer program at the Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute, said in a prepared statement.

In the study, a team of American and Norwegian researchers analyzed data for more than 46,000 Norwegian men diagnosed with prostate cancer from 1964 to 1992.

Compared with men diagnosed in the summer and fall, those diagnosed in the winter and spring were 20 percent more likely to die within three years after diagnosis. The study was published in the journal The Prostate.

The researchers also examined whether survivability was affected by factors such as eating foods high in vitamin D (such as fatty fish), taking vacations in sunny southern locations, and where the men lived in Norway.

Only age seemed to have a influence -- younger men had a slightly better rate of survival. The researchers noted that the capacity of skin to produce vitamin D when exposed to sunshine is about 40 percent lower in men 75 and older than in men 60 and younger.

Vitamin D, which has been shown to inhibit cancer growth, may also help maintain immune system health and help regulate cell growth and differentiation, Beer said.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about prostate cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Oregon Health & Science University, news release, Sept. 27, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
2. More Accurate "PROSTATE CANCER" Test can save Unnecessary Biopsies
3. Radioactive Seeds used in Prostate Cancer treatment can migrate with the body
4. Better prostate cancer detection
5. Protective effects of tomatoes in prostate cancer
6. Early detection of prostate cancer
7. Prevention of Prostate Cancer
8. Low grade prostate cancer may be treated with mild treatment
9. British MPs Say Prostate Cancer Receives Low Priority in the NHS
10. Diagnosing Prostate Cancer is Harder in Obese Individuals
11. Fingerprinting prostate cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... MEDI+SIGN®, a provider of ... a new solution for Emergency Departments (ED) has been added to their portfolio. ... Department examination rooms, and with a simplified pallet of information available to the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The West Virginia Medical Institute ... The name change aligns the entire company with its existing Quality Insights ... , “We are very proud of the achievements associated with the West Virginia ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Russ DiGilio , ... first national #QuackGivesBack campaign which supported local breast cancer organizations during National Breast ... Quack Gives Back initiative, and we’re very pleased with the participation in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... offering Medication Therapy Management (MTM), adherence, and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has ... general counsel and Eric Hoessel to vice president of sales. , Litsinger ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... David J. ... global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will speak at DeviceTalks West, Dec. 12, 2016, ... the DeviceTalks series, and attorneys from the firm’s global Life Sciences & Medical Technology ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... Texas , Dec. 9, 2016  RxWiki Inc., ... apps, and digital marketing strategies of thousands of pharmacies ... it won Austin Inno,s "50 on Fire" ... "We,re pleased to accept the award as ... Loughlin , Chief Executive Officer at RxWiki. "Our platform ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... Dec. 9, 2016  Forge Therapeutics, Inc. today ... Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) to advance ... the treatment of bacterial infections including those caused ... as an attractive antibacterial target for more than ... suitable chemical starting points has hampered its progress. ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... NEW YORK , Dec. 8, 2016 ... ... such as reducing loss of blood during surgeries, lowering the ... surgeries, and decreasing risks of SSIs. The patient warming systems ... and intravascular warming systems.These benefits in turn reduce the stay ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: