US News and World Reports: History of Prostate Cancer Tied to Higher Odds for Melanoma

November 5, 2013

According to US News and World Report, history of prostate cancer is tied to higher odds for melanoma.

"Men with prostate cancer may face an increased risk for developing melanoma skin cancer down the road, new research suggests.

The finding stems from a fresh analysis of data involving more than 60,000 patients, prompted by the study team's observation that roughly 18 percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States today are actually secondary diseases occurring among survivors of prior cancers.

Study author Jiali Han, an associate professor in the department of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and colleagues published their results online Nov. 4 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The research was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The authors noted that in the United States, prostate cancer is currently the most common type of non-skin cancer diagnosis. To explore a potential connection between a history of prostate cancer and subsequent melanoma risk, they pored over two different sets of data." Read More.