HEREDITARY PROSTATE CANCER STUDY
The Johns Hopkins Department of Urology is actively recruiting families with familial prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement in an effort to identify genetic determinants of these diseases. Clinical information of interest to physicians and patients is also included below.
The importance of asking about a family history of prostate cancer
The Department of Urology strongly encourages clinicians to take a family history of prostate cancer from each adult patient, as a positive family history markedly increases the risk of prostate cancer in first degree male relatives. For example, a patient with a father or brother with prostate cancer has two times the usual risk of developing prostate cancer. A man with both his father and brother affected with prostate cancer has almost a 50% chance of developing the disease. In addition, in such families prostate cancer occurs at an earlier age. At this time, our recommendation is that men with more than one first degree relative affected (father or brother) should be encouraged to undergo yearly digital rectal exam and yearly serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) beginning at age 40.
We are currently performing genetic studies in families with strong family histories of prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement. If a patient is interested in learning more about our studies, please contact us by email: email@example.com.