Higher waist circumference can increase risk of aggressive prostate cancer

A major study found by Oxford University shows that waist circumference is associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer, presented at this year’s European Obesity Summit. A 13% increased risk of prostate cancer for waist circumference of every 10cm increase.

A total of 141,896 men in 8 European countries were included in the study. After an average of 14 years of follow-up there were 7,022 incident cases of prostate cancer, of which 934 were fatal. According to Dr.Aurora, to date, evidence on the association of body size and adiposity with prostate cancer risk is not clear.

In this study, the authors investigated the associations between waist circumference and the risk of prostate cancer incidence, and the result shows that men with a higher waist circumference had an increased risk of high grade prostate cancer.

SOUNDBITE: AURORA PEREZ CORNAGO, Postdoctoral Epidemiologist
“For example, if we compare a man that has 95cm of waist circumference with one that has 85cm, we observed that the one that has 95cm has 14% higher risk of developing high grade prostate cancer which is an aggressive formative disease and also 18% higher risk of dying because of prostate cancer.”

Around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK annually and more than 10,000 men die each year in Britain. As Dr.Aurora said, prostate cancer is often symptomless in the early stages when it is the most treatable period which is the reason why awareness of the risk is important.

SOUNDBITE: AURORA PEREZ CORNAGO, Postdoctoral Epidemiologist
“Since we have observed that those men that are obese are at a higher risk of developing a high grade of prostate cancer which is an aggressive formative disease and also of dying of prostate cancer. I think that people should to take into account this risk and should try to maintain a healthy weight to prevent developing it.”

Apart from raising public awareness, Dr.Aurora also emphasizes that developing a positive and healthy exercise and diet habit will help put this matter back in focus, aiming at improving lifestyle and diet so to minimize the possibility of its further development into cancer.

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