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Prostate cancer: Bacteria in urine may signal aggressive forms of the disease – new study

Life & StyleProstate cancer: Bacteria in urine may signal aggressive forms of the disease - new study


In the study, which was published in the journal European Urology Oncology, researchers studied more than 600 patients with and without prostate cancer, to assess how useful the urine bacterial test was.

Five types of bacteria were identified which were common in urine and tissue samples from men whose cancers ultimately went on to be aggressive.

 

All were types of bacteria that can grow without oxygen.

To the researcher’s surprise, some were brand new types, never found until now.

Two of the new bacteria species found by the team have been named after two of the study’s funders – Porphyromonas bobii, after the The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Varibaculum prostatecancerukia, after Prostate Cancer UK.

The next step will be to investigate those strains of bacteria present in both the urine and prostate cancer samples in more detail.

This will help the researchers start to identify a mechanism by which bacterial infection could cause prostate cancer to develop.

 



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