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Overseas Health Insurance News: Prostate surgery 'can lower mortality'

Older men who are concerned about the risk of prostate cancer might want to look into overseas health insurance to allow them access to quality health services and advice.

According to research from Uppsala University, men who have surgery for the cancer are less likely to die than those who do not.

The team monitored a group of patients from the Nordic region for 15 years and found that even the men with low-risk tumours were less likely to die if they had surgery.

Indeed, after the 15 year period, 58 per cent of the 'watchful-waiting' group had died, compared to 48 per cent of the surgical group.

Furthermore, just 16 per cent of those who underwent surgery died of prostate cancer, while 23 per cent of those who didn't died of the disease.

Anna Bill-Axelson, chief physician at the Department of Surgical Sciences at Uppsala University, commented: "The study shows that surgery reduces the risk of mortality due to prostate cancer, even for men with low-risk tumours.

"But not everybody benefits from surgery, so individual risks and potential gains have to be assessed on the basis of age, other illnesses, tumour type and patient preferences."

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