New York: Some men with prostate cancer may have increased risks of dying from causes other than the cancer itself, a new study finds.Researchers found that when men had their prostate cancer diagnosed after developing symptoms -- and not after screening tests -- they had heightened risks of dying from heart problems or other cancers.It`s not clear what to make of the findings at this point. Mainly, they raise questions for future studies, said Dr. Anthony D`Amico, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston."This is a study of associations, and does not prove cause-and-effect. It`s really hypothesis-generating," said D`Amico, who was not involved in the research.One possibility, according to the study authors, is that hormonal therapy has something to do with the increased risk of heart disease death.D`Amico agreed that could be a factor. A number of studies, he said, have suggested that hormonal therapy for prostate cancer could raise the risk of heart disease death.But, D`Amico added, that link has only been seen in men with a history of heart disease going into the therapy.
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