Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A new study suggests that both taller and heavier men have a greater risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer. An analysis of data concerning nearly 142,000 men indicates that for every additional four inches of height (10.16 cm), a man’s risk of being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer increases by 21%. Furthermore, for every four inch (10.16 cm) increase in waist circumference, his odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer increase by 13% and the risk of dying from prostate cancer increases by 18%. Lead researcher Dr. Aurora Perez-Cornago believes that results of the study will help persuade men to achieve a healthy weight, as well as encourage public health policies to prevent obesity.
BMC Medicine, July 2017