Skin cancer diagnosis may be linked to higher risk of prostate cancer

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In a study from the University of Sydney, scientists found melanoma diagnosis is linked to an increased risk of subsequent prostate cancer.

They recruited men from 2006 to 2009 to examine the association between cutaneous melanoma and subsequent risk of prostate cancer.

Data were included from 96,548 eligible men, of whom 1,899 were diagnosed with melanoma during the melanoma diagnosis period. During follow-up, 3,677 incident prostate cancers were diagnosed.

The researchers found that the risk of a subsequent prostate cancer diagnosis was increased for men with a melanoma diagnosis versus those with no melanoma.

They found weak evidence for higher risks of a subsequent prostate cancer diagnosis for men diagnosed with more than one versus one melanoma.

The association was also seen if the first melanoma diagnosis was 10 to 15 years before study recruitment.

The study is the first to show that the positive association between melanoma and the subsequent risk of prostate cancer diagnosis is unlikely to be due to confounding from increased medical surveillance after a melanoma diagnosis

The positive association remained strong even after the over-adjustment for the rate of prostate-specific antigen monitoring tests.

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The study was conducted by Sam Egger et al and published in the British Journal of Cancer.

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