PCa Diagnosis Risk in BPH Patients Higher In Blacks

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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.

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