Prostate Cancer and Obesity Study
According to a recent study released at the Canadian Urological Association’s annual meeting men with obesity may increase the long-term risk of disease progression for low-risk prostate cancer. The study examined 565 patients with low-risk prostate cancer. Patients endured different forms of testing from digital rectal examinations (DRE) to PSA testing every three months.
The study found 22% of those examined were obese with a body mass index of 30 kg or greater. Additionally, the study analyzed the pathologic progression and therapeutic progression in 30% of the men tested.
Overall, the study found that obesity is a risk factor, according to Dr. Bimal Bhindid, head researcher from the University of Toronto.