Study Finds That Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Prostate Cancer Gene. Along with breast, bowel, and lung cancer, prostate cancer is one of the four most frequent cancers. Scientists are always exploring new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent prostate cancer. Vitamin D insufficiency may be a risk factor, according to new research.
Prostate Cancer Statistics
Worldwide, an estimated 1,414,259 people were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020,” according to cancer.net. Men of any age are at risk for prostate cancer, but the biggest risk factor for developing prostate cancer is age. Aside from age, males with a family history of prostate cancer, as well as African-American men, are at the highest risk of acquiring prostate cancer.
According to cancer.com, Around 60% of cases are diagnosed in adults over the age of 65. At the time of diagnosis, the average age was 66. The condition is rarely detected in people under the age of 40. The number of new cases detected in African-American men is 73 percent higher than in white men. The highest incidence rates of prostate cancer are found among black men in the United States and the Caribbean.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 34,500 deaths from this disease will occur in the United States this year. In 2020, an estimated 375,304 people worldwide died from prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is discovered in only the prostate and surrounding organs in about 84 percent of cases. The local or regional stage is referred to as such. Most persons with local or regional prostate cancer have a 5-year survival rate of around 100 percent. The 5-year survival rate for those diagnosed with prostate cancer that has progressed to other regions of the body is 31%.
Vitamin D is required by the body for a variety of functions, including regulating calcium levels in the body and maintaining the health of bones, teeth, and muscles. In addition, Vitamin D is necessary for a healthy immune system. Vitamin D pills are indicated throughout the winter months since the body cannot create enough of the vitamin from sunlight. Vitamin D insufficiency may be a risk factor for male prostate cancer, according to new research.
Dr. Adam B. Murphy, MD, MBA, MSCI, talks about the key findings from the study “Vitamin D has a higher influence on prostate tumour gene expression in Black males,” which he presented at the American Urological Association annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2022. Murphy works at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, as an assistant professor of urology and preventive medicine (cancer epidemiology and prevention).
The research was conducted by Northwestern University in the United States and studied data from individuals whose prostate had been removed due to cancer. They found those who were deficient in vitamin D were more likely to develop prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is one of the trickiest cancers for doctors to treat as it rarely presents with symptoms in its early stages.
Prostate Cancer UK’s Simon Grieveson added: “This large-scale study suggests that being overweight is associated with an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer.
Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer
- Needing to pee more frequently
- Weak urine flow
- Feeling the bladder has not emptied fully
- Blood in urine
- Needing to rush to the toilet
- Difficulty in starting to pee
- Straining or taking a long time while urinating
- Blood in the semen.
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