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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 12, Issue 1, September 2014 pp 147-150
Study of Serum Calcium Levels among Prostate Cancer Patients in North India
Pankaj Kamble1, B. C. Kabi2, Deepa Haldar3, Rajesh Jambhulkar4
1,4Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College, Yavatmal, Maharashtra, INDIA
2Director-Professor and Head, 3Senior Resident, Department of Biochemistry, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, INDIA.
Introduction: A high dietary calcium intake has been associated with increased risk of various cancers in several epidemiological studies. High level of calcium may promote the growth of potentially fatal cancers. There are very few studies which have focussed on the role of serum calcium in this respect. Materials and Methods: We assayed total serum calcium in 30 prostate cancer patients and compared with 30 healthy control subjects. Results: We observed a statistically significant increase (p<0.001) in serum calcium level of prostate cancer patients as compared to controls. A positive correlation was also observed between serum calcium and PSA among cases. Conclusion: This study predicted serum calcium as an etiological factor in the etiogenesis of prostate cancer. Further exploration is warranted to substantiate this finding.