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Blood clue to prostate cancer recurrence

Published on Apr 14, 2014 11:19 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Men with blood group O are far less likely to suffer a recurrence of cancer after prostate tumour surgery than men with other blood types, researchers reported on Monday.

A standard treatment for localised prostate cancer is to remove the whole gland, a procedure called radical prostatectomy, but this fails to stop the cancer in nearly a third of patients.

Japanese researchers looked at 555 men who had had radical prostatectomy, examining their case 52 months on average after the operation.

Patients with blood group O were 35 per cent less likely to have a recurrence of cancer compared with patients with blood group A, they found.

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