According to results of a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, Body mass and weight gain during younger and older adulthood may influence a man’s prostate cancer risk.
Men who put on significant number of pounds are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer, when compared to those who maintain youthful weight. However, the risk may vary by race/ethnicity.
It has been found that nearly 84,000 older and middle aged U.S. men, both white and African-American, studied for about a decade who had gained extra body pounds since the age 21, had increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
According to researchers, the findings of the study are first to link ethnic differences, body weight and prostate cancer risk. Ultimately, the study suggests that men who are overweight in all ethnic groups should be encouraged to lose weight and men with normal weight should avoid weight gain for good health.