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
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%.
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