Obesity and Prostate Cancer: A Deadly Combination?

Published:June 14th, 2011

The teaming of obesity and prostate cancer can neverĀ  be a good news, says a new research presented to the American Urological Association in their annual meeting in Washington D.C. In fact, the risk for cancer spreading and seeding may be higher in patients who are also suffering from weight problems such as overweight and obesity, says the researchers.

Dr. Christopher J. Keto, a postdoctoral associate at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C, says that weight gain and overweight can increase cancer spread by three folds. On the other hand, obesity can make it five times more likely to spread compared to normal weighing men.

These findings are quite consistent and in harmony with previous studies that demonstrated a link between obesity and poorer prognosis in men with prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, roughly more than 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer were seen in 2010 and approximately 32,000 men died because of this problem last year.

Reference:

Medscape Internal Medicine: American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting:Obesity May Raise Risk of Prostate Cancer Spread

 

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