« Men with spouses do better after prostate treatment | Main | Inhaled IL-2 Improves Five-Year Survival for Advanced Renal Cancer »

May 23, 2005

Obesity Is Risk Factor For Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Topics: Prostate Cancer

In findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association May 21-26 in San Antonio, researchers suggest that obesity appears to increase the risk of prostate cancer, particularly aggressive disease, and may make it harder to find. The 1,106 men study included 330 of normal weight, 528 considered overweight and 214 mildly, moderately or severely obese. The study's authors concluded that “Obesity was associated with higher-grade tumors, increased risk of positive surgical margins, and higher biochemical failure rates among men with clinically localized prostate cancer treated with (radical prostatectomy).” “Severely and moderately obese patients were at higher risk of failure than mildly obese patients,” with risks two to three times that of slimmer patients. The authors said further that smaller prostates also increase the risk of aggressive disease. More ...

Additional reading - Obesity and prostate cancer clinical risk factors at presentation: data from CaPSURE.

Cross posted by Hyscience

Posted by Richard at May 23, 2005 1:55 PM

Articles Related to Prostate Cancer: