Men treated for prostate cancer with radiation therapy more likely to develop secondary cancers

Among men treated for prostate cancer, those who were treated with radiation therapy were more likely to develop bladder or rectal cancer according to a study out of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"Overall the incidence of these cancers is low. But when men have received radiation treatments, it's important to evaluate carefully any symptoms that could be a sign of bladder or rectal cancer," said senior study author Kathleen A. Cooney, a professor of hematology/oncology and urology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

According to the study, men who received external beam radiation therapy are 70 percent more likely to be diagnosed with rectal cancer, and 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than the average person. Announcement