Prostate cancer surgery 'lowers mortality'

Recent research has found that men suffering from prostate cancer could reduce their risk of death by having surgery.

According to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, during the course of a 15 year study 58 per cent of men who had avoided surgery died.

However, just 48 per cent of those in the surgical group died.

In addition, only 16 per cent of the surgical group actually died of prostate cancer, compared to 23 per cent of those who waited to see if they could avoid invasive treatment.

Anna Bill-Axelson, chief physician at the Department of Surgical Sciences at Uppsala University, commented: "The study shows that surgery reduces the risk of mortality due to prostate cancer, even for men with low-risk tumours.

"But not everybody benefits from surgery, so individual risks and potential gains have to be assessed on the basis of age, other illnesses, tumour type and patient preferences."



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