- In France, according to health insurance, prostate cancer is the most common in men, well ahead of lung and colon cancer.
- Prostate cancer accounts for almost 26% of all cancers in men.
In 2017, 48,427 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in men in France, according to the Medical Research Foundation. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system, located under the bladder and around the urethra. Before the age of 50, prostate cancer is quite rare, between the ages of 70 and 80 it is most common.
Bacteria Possibly Linked to Prostate Cancer…
The symptoms of this cancer vary from one patient to another. Some don’t feel it at all, while others have difficulty urinating. It is therefore sometimes difficult to diagnose. But scientists may have found a way to prevent its occurrence. In a study published in the journal European Urology Oncology, They explain that they have identified bacteria that may be linked to prostate cancer.
…including three new species
In particular, the researchers found five types of bacteria – including three new to science – that have been linked to advanced prostate cancer. According to urine test results, men who had one or more of these species in their urine, prostate or tumor tissue were 2.6 times more likely to develop their cancer early than men who did not have these bacteria.
Towards a new treatment for prostate cancer patients
The treatments offered to prostate cancer patients vary depending on the stage of the tumor and the patient’s age: surgery, external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy, hormone therapy, active surveillance. Sometimes multiple options are possible. At the moment, scientists do not know if the bacteria discovered during their study are the origin of this cancer, but if they were, they believe that their discovery could allow the development of a new treatment, very innovative. And save thousands of lives.
“A whole field of prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment”
“This opens up a whole field of prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment that hasn’t even been explored yet because it’s brand new.closes Jean Yves Blay, oncologist at the Léon Bérard Center in Lyon. Antibiotic treatment to eliminate the bacteria in question, when in fact it is enough to get rid of the bacteria, could be interesting !”