Prostate Cancer And Melanoma: Is There A Connection?

Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, may seem to have little in common with prostate cancer. But a recent study suggests otherwise. Prostate cancer may actually raise a man’s risk for melanoma.

A Possible Link?

In the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers set out to see if there was a link between prostate cancer and melanoma. They wanted to confirm the findings of past studies. To do so, they looked at the health of more than 60,000 men. Study participants ranged in age from 40 to 84.

After taking into account other factors such as body weight and sun exposure, they still noted a strong link between prostate cancer and melanoma. Namely, men who had prostate cancer in the past had a higher risk of developing melanoma later on. They didn’t find the same connection with that type of skin cancer and other cancers.

Experts can’t say for sure that prostate cancer causes melanoma. But they do suspect the two cancers share a common origin in male hormones and/or aging. Read more about these findings at GMC’s Health (e) Library


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