Men who have a brother with prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease themselves. A new study shows more men realize this fact and are taking steps to prevent cancer.
A recent study done compared data from two studies, researchers asked men about their risk and, also, if they are currently taking vitamins or supplements to prevent prostate cancer.The first study shows more than half of the 111 men surveyed were concerned about developing the disease. All of the men had a brother who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The lifetime risk for men with a brother who has prostate cancer is about 56 percent, suggesting that the men surveyed are accurately accessing their risk.
The second study asked the same group of men about their use of complementary and alternative medicine. More than half said they were taking at least one vitamin or supplement, and 30 percent were using a type of complementary medicine linked to prostate health or prostate cancer prevention.
Thus specialist conclude that patient education programs are working and more people are able to understand the seriousness of the problem.