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Inflammatory bowel disease ups prostate cancer risk: Study

IANS  |  New York 

Men with (IBD) are four to five times at higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer, according to researchers including one of Indian-origin.

is of all or part of the digestive tract and is a that includes and

The findings showed that men with have higher than average prostate-specific antigen (PSA) -- a substance produced by the gland.

Elevated PSA levels may indicate -- a non-cancerous condition such as prostatitis, or an enlarged prostate.

"These patients may need to be screened more carefully than a man without inflammatory bowel disease," said Shilajit Kundu, from in the US.

"If a man with has an elevated PSA, it may be an indicator of prostate cancer," Kundu added.

However, many people think their PSA is elevated just because they have an

For the study, published in the journal European Urology, the team looked at 1,033 men with and a control group of 9,306 men without the disease.

A previous study led by researchers from the in Sweden showed that children who developed IBD before the age of 18 have a three to five-fold higher mortality rate than people without IBD, both during childhood and into adulthood.

This translates into a 2.2-year reduction in life expectancy in individuals monitored up to the age of 65, the findings suggested.

According to the (ICMR), is the second leading among males in large Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Thiruvananthapuram, and third in cities like and

The ICMR projection data shows that the number of cases will double by 2020.

Early detection and a healthy lifestyle can prevent the cancer, the researchers said.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 18:10 IST