Association between Trichomonas vaginalis and prostate cancer mortality

Sabrina H. Tsang, Samuel F. Peisch, Brendan Rowan, Sarah C. Markt, Amparo G. Gonzalez-Feliciano, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Elizabeth A. Platz, Lorelei A. Mucci, Ericka M. Ebot

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Abstract

We previously observed a positive association between seropositivity for the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis and risk of clinically significant prostate cancer at diagnosis. Here, we examined whether T. vaginalis seropositivity was associated with increased prostate cancer-specific or all-cause mortality among prostate cancer patients. We studied 736 men with prostate cancer from the Physicians’ Health Study (PHS) and 749 men with prostate cancer from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS). We used Cox proportional hazards regression models to estimate multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of the association between T. vaginalis serostatus and progression to death from prostate cancer and from all causes. In PHS, 423 men died of any cause during a median follow-up of 13.8 years from the date of cancer diagnosis, among whom 131 died of prostate cancer. In HPFS, there were 287 deaths, including 77 deaths from prostate cancer, during a median follow-up of 12.8 years. We found no association between T. vaginalis serostatus and either prostate cancer mortality or all-cause mortality in either the PHS or HPFS. While previous studies suggest a possible role for T. vaginalis in the development of clinically significant prostate cancer, our findings do not support the hypothesis that T. vaginalis serostatus is associated with mortality among prostate cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2377-2380
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Volume144
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2019

Keywords

  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • epidemiology
  • prostate cancer
  • sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Tsang, S. H., Peisch, S. F., Rowan, B., Markt, S. C., Gonzalez-Feliciano, A. G., Sutcliffe, S., Platz, E. A., Mucci, L. A., & Ebot, E. M. (2019). Association between Trichomonas vaginalis and prostate cancer mortality. International Journal of Cancer, 144(10), 2377-2380. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijc.31885