Unmarried men are significantly more likely than married men to die from prostate cancer (PCa), researchers reported in the Canadian Journal of Urology (2013;20:6702-6706).
In a study of 115,922 PCa cases reported to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, Mark D. Tyson, MD, and colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., found that unmarried men (single, divorced, widowed, or separated) had a 40% and 51% increase in the risk of PCa-specific mortality and overall mortality, respectively, in adjusted analyses. The five-year disease-specific survival rate for married men was 89% compared with 80.5% for unmarried men.
Married and unmarried men made up 78% and 22% of the cohort, respectively. Married men were significantly younger than unmarried men (66.4 vs. 67.8 years) and more likely to be white (85% vs. 76%). In addition, married men presented with lower tumor grades and at earlier clinical stages.