Obesity increases the risk of prostate cancer

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One in ten prostate cancers could be prevented with weight control

The men who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

This is the main conclusion of a report on the lifestyle and prostate cancer of the World Fund for Cancer Research.

The results

The report analyzed 104 studies with more than 9.8 million men and more than 191,000 cases of prostate cancer. This is the most in-depth review to date that associates diet, physical activity, and weight with the risk of developing prostate cancer.

At the previously established relationship between prostate cancer risk and certain foods is questioned. Thus, some conclusions are questioned, such as that foods that contain lycopene, such as tomatoes, or diets high in calcium, reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Or that diets high in dairy products increase the risk of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is often asymptomatic in the early stages, when it is most treatable. It is known that men over 50, black and with a family history of prostate cancer are more likely to develop the disease. Now this report shows that there is growing evidence that the body mass index (BMI) and waist size may be another risk factor to consider when diagnosing the prostate cancer. Importantly, unlike other risk factors, being overweight or obese is something men can do something about. The results of this review show the need to promote a healthy lifestyle and weight control, in terms of cancer prevention. Keep reading:

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