Use of 5α-reductase inhibitors for lower urinary tract symptoms and risk of prostate cancer in Swedish men: Nationwide, population based case-control study Journal Article


Authors: Robinson, D.; Garmo, H.; Bill-Axelson, A.; Mucci, L.; Holmberg, L.; Stattin, P.
Article Title: Use of 5α-reductase inhibitors for lower urinary tract symptoms and risk of prostate cancer in Swedish men: Nationwide, population based case-control study
Abstract: Objective: To assess the association between 5α-reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) use in men with lower urinary tract symptoms and prostate cancer risk. Design: Nationwide, population based case-control study for men diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007-09 within the Prostate Cancer data Base Sweden 2.0. Setting: The National Prostate Cancer Register, National Patient Register, census, and Prescribed Drug Register in Sweden, from which we obtained data on 5-ARI use before date of prostate cancer diagnosis. Participants: 26 735 cases and 133 671 matched controls; five controls per case were randomly selected from matched men in the background population. 7815 men (1499 cases and 6316 controls) had been exposed to 5-ARI. 412 men had been exposed to 5-ARI before the diagnosis of a cancer with Gleason score 8-10. Main outcome measures: Risk of prostate cancer calculated as odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals by conditional logistic regression analyses. Results: Risk of prostate cancer overall decreased with an increasing duration of exposure; men on 5-ARI treatment for more than three years had an odds ratio of 0.72 (95% confidence interval 0.59 to 0.89; P<0.001 for trend). The same pattern was seen for cancers with Gleason scores 2-6 and score 7 (both P<0.001 for trend). By contrast, the risk of tumours with Gleason scores 8-10 did not decrease with increasing exposure time to 5-ARI (for 0-1 year of exposure, odds ratio 0.96 (95% confidence interval 0.83 to 1.11); for 1-2 years, 1.07 (0.88 to 1.31); for 2-3 years, 0.96 (0.72 to 1.27); for >3 years, 1.23 (0.90 to 1.68); P=0.46 for trend). Conclusions: Men treated with 5-ARI for lower urinary tract symptoms had a decreased risk of cancer with Gleason scores 2-7, and showed no evidence of an increased risk of cancer with Gleason scores 8-10 after up to four years' treatment.
Journal Title: BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition)
Volume: 346
Issue: 7914
ISSN: 0959-8146
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.  
Date Published: 2013-06-18
Start Page: f3406
Language: English
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.f3406
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC3685512
PUBMED: 23778271
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Notes: --- - "Export Date: 1 August 2013" - "CODEN: BMJOA" - "Source: Scopus"
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