Men with Prostate Cancer, Get Colon Exam

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 23 (UPI) — Men who have prostate cancer should not miss having routine colonoscopies because they have significantly more abnormal colon polyps, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Ognian Pomakov of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a gastroenterologist at the Buffalo VA Medical Center and first author Madhusudhan Sunkavalli, a University at Buffalo medical resident, say the study involved 2,011 men who had colonoscopies at the Buffalo VAMC.

The researchers reviewed patient records, colonoscopy reports and pathology reports, as well as data on the prevalence of abnormal colon polyps, or adenomas, advanced adenomas, cancerous adenomas and their location within the colon.

The study compared the colonoscopy findings of 188 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer with the rest of the patients, who served as controls.

The study found the prostate cancer patients had a significantly higher prevalence of abnormal polyps and advanced adenomas, compared with the control group.

The findings were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

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