Tall men are at greater risk of contracting aggressive prostate cancer and of dying from the disease, the findings of a large study suggest.
For this research, British scientists looked at height and body mass index to see how they might impact a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, and they found that every 10cm increment in height increased the chance of developing high-grade prostate cancer by 21% and the risk of death from the disease by 17%. They also found that obesity raised the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
“It turns out that taller men, and men who have bigger body mass indexes are not, so much, at risk of any prostate cancer, but are at higher risk of high-grade prostate cancer, and also are at higher risk of dying of prostate cancer,” Dr. Eric Klein of the Cleveland Clinic explained..
Researchers surveyed data from more than 100,000 men and found that for every 10 centimeters in height, the risk of developing an aggressive prostate cancer grew by 21 percent.
Among the explanations they gave were: More body mass means more blood, which could dilute the results of a PSA blood test, and perhaps lead to a biopsy being performed at a later time.
The researchers also said that while men can’t do anything about their height, it’s important to remember that they can do something about their weight to help control the risk of prostate cancer.
Tips On Reducing The Risk Of Prostate Cancer
- Maintaining a normal body mass index.
– Exercising regularly.
– Not over-eating calories.
Staying active, actually reduces your risk of getting the worst kind of prostate cancer,” Klein explained. “And if you do get it, makes it more likely that you will survive.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in Nigeria with more than 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aging is a leading risk factor and obesity has been shown to increase the risk for high-grade prostate cancer.
Doctors say when found early, prostate cancer is very treatable. Men are advised to have an annual PSA blood test and screenings with their doctors.