Tall men at bigger risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study suggests

Tall men at bigger risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study suggests

Tall men at bigger risk of aggressive prostate cancer, study suggests

The larger a man, the greater his risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

"In the PSA era, when we could start finding many more cancers, we made the assumption that every cancer we found had the potential to be a 'bad cancer, ' where in fact it's a minority of prostate cancers that will ever cause a man difficulty during his lifetime", Lichtenfeld said.

The same held true regarding the size of a man's waist.

More than 700 men with prostate cancer were randomly assigned between 1994 and 2002 to two treatment groups, and researchers then monitored their progress.

Perez-Cornago and her colleagues came to their conclusions based on data from almost 142,000 men in eight European countries who participated in a large-scale study of cancer and nutrition. Of those diagnosed, 934 died from their cancer.

The study also noted that the risk of obesity also increased with the increased risk of aggressive prostrate cancer.

The study however found out that increased height was not associated with overall cancer risk, but only with the aggressive forms of the disease, according to the Guardian report. Nonetheless, waist circumference, which is seen as a more accurate measure of obesity than BMI in older adults, was associated with a greater risk of prostate cancer death and high grade disease.

What they found was that every extra 10 cm increase in WHR is associated with a 13 percent increase in high grade prostate cancer risk, and an 18 percent increase in prostate cancer death risks.

But the association between height and prostate cancer risk isn't new, said Victoria Stevens, strategic director of laboratory services for the American Cancer Society.

"The link can be explained by thinking of height as a marker of the growth process that occurs earlier in life". "High fatty diet and red meat are the main causes of prostate cancer", P K Julka, Head of the Department Oncology All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), told IANS.

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One is that obesity influences hormones in the body in a way that promotes prostate cancer, Stevens and Perez-Cornago said.

Over 10 years, men who underwent observation were no more anxious about their prostate health than men who underwent surgery indicating that they were comfortable with their decisions to leave their cancers alone. Wilt said surgery may still be the best option for men with long life expectancies whose cancers are detected when they are younger. "If they have a large prostate, it's easier to miss something in it".

The result: no difference in death rates from prostate cancer- meaning men who simply were followed had no higher rate of death from the cancer than the ones who went with treatment.

Beware men who are tall and have wider structure.

Perez-Cornago said it might be a good idea in particular for tall men to be more closely screened, since they can't do anything about that risk factor.

Each year more than 46,000 men in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 11,000 die from the disease.

Dr. Sumanta Pal is a cancer doctor and assistant clinical professor with City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Observation only involves doctors asking about health problems that may or may not be related to the prostate cancer.

The link with height, reported in the journal BMC Medicine, only applied to cancers that fell into the "tiger" category.

Results revealed that having the prostate removed does not increase a cancer patient's survival prospects.

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