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The epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a study in Greece.
BJU Int 1999; 84(3):286-91BI

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in a case-control study in greater Athens, Greece.

PATIENTS AND METHODS

The study comprised 184 patients surgically treated for BPH within one year of its diagnosis (cases) and 246 patients with no symptoms of BPH who were treated in the same hospitals for minor diseases or conditions (controls). All cases and controls were permanent residents of the greater Athens area, Greece. The data were assessed using unconditional logistic regression.

RESULTS

After controlling for age and education, cases and controls had similar distributions for height, body mass index, sibship size and birth order in the parental family, marital status, number of offspring and a series of previous medical diagnoses or surgical operations. The sole exception was surgery for haemorrhoids, that appeared to be related to the incidence of BPH, possibly by chance. There was no evidence that vertex baldness, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption or coffee drinking increased the risk for BPH. Men who had spent most of their lives in a rural rather than an urban environment appeared to be at reduced risk for BPH.

CONCLUSION

The lifestyle factors assessed here have no major effect on the aetiology of BPH.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology and Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10468723

Citation

Signorello, L B., et al. "The Epidemiology of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: a Study in Greece." BJU International, vol. 84, no. 3, 1999, pp. 286-91.
Signorello LB, Tzonou A, Lagiou P, et al. The epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a study in Greece. BJU Int. 1999;84(3):286-91.
Signorello, L. B., Tzonou, A., Lagiou, P., Samoli, E., Zavitsanos, X., & Trichopoulos, D. (1999). The epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a study in Greece. BJU International, 84(3), pp. 286-91.
Signorello LB, et al. The Epidemiology of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: a Study in Greece. BJU Int. 1999;84(3):286-91. PubMed PMID: 10468723.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a study in Greece. AU - Signorello,L B, AU - Tzonou,A, AU - Lagiou,P, AU - Samoli,E, AU - Zavitsanos,X, AU - Trichopoulos,D, PY - 1999/9/1/pubmed PY - 1999/9/1/medline PY - 1999/9/1/entrez SP - 286 EP - 91 JF - BJU international JO - BJU Int. VL - 84 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the epidemiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in a case-control study in greater Athens, Greece. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study comprised 184 patients surgically treated for BPH within one year of its diagnosis (cases) and 246 patients with no symptoms of BPH who were treated in the same hospitals for minor diseases or conditions (controls). All cases and controls were permanent residents of the greater Athens area, Greece. The data were assessed using unconditional logistic regression. RESULTS: After controlling for age and education, cases and controls had similar distributions for height, body mass index, sibship size and birth order in the parental family, marital status, number of offspring and a series of previous medical diagnoses or surgical operations. The sole exception was surgery for haemorrhoids, that appeared to be related to the incidence of BPH, possibly by chance. There was no evidence that vertex baldness, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption or coffee drinking increased the risk for BPH. Men who had spent most of their lives in a rural rather than an urban environment appeared to be at reduced risk for BPH. CONCLUSION: The lifestyle factors assessed here have no major effect on the aetiology of BPH. SN - 1464-4096 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10468723/The_epidemiology_of_benign_prostatic_hyperplasia:_a_study_in_Greece_ L2 - http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&PAGE=linkout&SEARCH=10468723.ui DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -