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Is there a relationship between chronic prostatitis and prostate cancer?

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Infection panelist Anthony J. Schaeffer, MD, of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, said it is important to draw a distinction between the syndrome of prostatitis and inflammation in the literal sense.

Infection panelist Anthony J. Schaeffer, MD, of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, said it is important to draw a distinction between the syndrome of prostatitis and inflammation in the literal sense.

"There is some interesting data that suggests that there may be an association between inflammation and cancer, " he said. "Inflammation in the colon and other sites is also thought to play a role in the development of malignancy. That's an area that people are beginning to look at. Men with the [i]syndrome[/i] are not at risk. Whether people with long-term inflammation of the prostate are at risk for developing cancer is unknown, but possible."

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