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UW Researcher Studies Silent Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Wade Bushman, MDMADISON - University of Wisconsin prostate cancer scientist and physician, Wade Bushman, MD, PhD (pictured), is one of 63 national and international investigators awarded a grant from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to continue work on a link between a prevalent condition in older men and the subsequent development of prostate cancer.
According to Bushman (pictured), there appears to be a strong correlation between the condition, asymptomatic prostatic inflammation, and prostate cancer. His study is looking at the relationship between the two and trying to identify the development of cancer could be prevented.
"This grant will help us move forward on very exciting research work that will help us better understand how to treat and possibly prevent prostate cancer," says Bushman, who holds the Robert and Delores Schnoes Chair in Urology.
An associate professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and member of the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bushman was among those chosen from 420 applicants in 22 countries.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation's (PCF) Competitive Awards program is a venture-style research funding financial supporting to research projects judged to have the greatest potential to improve survival and reduce side effects and death for men with advanced prostate cancer. They have awarded more than $81 million to date.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States, striking one in six men. In 2007, more than an estimated 218,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 27,000 men will die of the disease.
As baby boomers approach 60, increasing numbers of men fall into the highest-risk zone for the disease. As a result, the incidence of new cases occurring in the next decade is expected to increase to more than 300,000 annually.
Information on each award can be found at:
The University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC) is one of 39 national cancer centers - and the only one in Wisconsin - designated as "comprehensive" by the National Cancer Institute, the lead federal agency for cancer research.
The designation recognizes excellence in cancer research, education, treatment and community outreach programs. An integral part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UWCCC unites more than 250 physicians and scientists who work together to translate research discoveries into new patient treatments.

Date Published: 01/10/2008

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