PCa Diagnosis Risk in BPH Patients Higher In Blacks

The likelihood of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) being diagnosed with prostate cancer (PCa) is greater among blacks than whites, researchers reported.

In a study of 398 black men and 1,656 white men followed for a mean of 10.2 years in a health maintenance organization, the risk of a PCa diagnosis was 2.2 times greater for the blacks, after adjusting for serum PSA level, investigators reported in BJU International (2011;108:1302-1308).

In addition, black men were more likely than white men to receive medical therapy for BPH symptoms (43.7% vs. 37.2%), but the researchers observed no clinically meaningful differences with respect to subsequent acute urinary retention or BPH-related surgery.