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Bigger men have a greater risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study finds

by , 28 August 2017
Bigger men have a greater risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study finds
Past studies have suggested a potential link between a man's height or weight and prostate cancer. Now, a new study by researchers at University of Oxford in England has found that a man's height and weight can influence his risk of being diagnosed with either slow-growing or aggressive prostate cancer.

The study concluded that larger the man, the greater his risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer. However, it wasn't able to prove a cause-and-effect link. Read on for the full findings...

Study finds a link between a man’s height and weight and risk of aggressive prostate cancer

To reach their findings, lead researcher Aurora Perez-Cornago, a nutritional epidemiologist with the University of Oxford, and her team looked at data from nearly 142,000 men in eight European countries who participated in a large-scale study of cancer and nutrition.
 
During an average 14 years of follow up, 7,000 of the men developed prostate cancer. Among these men, 728 were diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and 1,388 with advanced-stage cancer. Furthermore, 938 of these men died from their cancer.
 
The team found that height by itself wasn’t linked to a man’s overall risk of developing prostate cancer, nor was it linked to a risk of being diagnosed with low- or intermediate-grade prostate cancer. However, they found that height did influence a man’s risk of being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and dying of the cancer.

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Every additional 10 cm in height and waist circumference increased a man’s chance of prostate cancer

More specifically, the team found that every additional 10 cm in height increased a man’s chance of being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer by 21% and their odds of dying by 17%. The same went for the size of their waists: Every 10 cm increase in waist circumference increased their odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer by 13% and their risk of dying by 18%.
 
Yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight – it may help prevent aggressive prostate cancer!

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