Vascular Disease and Prostate Cancer: A Conflicting Association
Pages 81-84
Simona Di Francesco1 and Raffaele L. Tenaglia2


Published: 31 January 2014

Open Access 

Abstract: Background: To date, only a few studies have explored the relationship between vascular disease and Prostate Cancer (PCa), with conflicting results. The Aim of the research was to investigate the association of carotid vascular disease (CVD) or Coronary Artery disease (CAD) with PCa hormone-naïve at initial diagnosis.

Methods: Retrospective analysis of 266 patients undergoing prostate biopsy at our institution between 2006 and 2009 was conducted. We examined associations of CVD or CAD in 133 patients with PCa diagnosis versus 133 age-matched controls. Men with incomplete data available, history of hormone therapy or chemotherapy, prostate or bladder surgery were excluded.

Results:CVD was significantly linked to PCa in all cases versus controls at initial diagnosis of PCa (OR 2.42, p < 0.05). Similarly CAD was significantly related to PCa at initial diagnosis (OR 1.88, p < 0.05).

Conclusions: In our study a significant relation was found between vascular damage and PCa hormone-naïve at initial diagnosis. Further research should elucidate these associations in larger samples to confirm these relationships and to stabilize future prevention strategies.

Keywords: Carotid vascular disease, Coronary artery disease, Vascular disease, Prostate Cancer..
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