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Losing Weight May Help Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

Although considered highly treatable when detected and addressed in its earliest stages, prostate cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among American men. With an estimated 26,000 deaths attributed to this cause each year, prostate cancer falls just behind lung and colorectal cancers in its potential to be lethal. As it is with most forms of the disease, one of the best ways to fight it head on is to avoid getting it in the first place. Maintaining a healthy weight may be a rather beneficial way to achieve the goal, researchers are findings.

While the direct connection between obesity and elevated prostate cancer risk remains somewhat a matter of debate, a recent study shed more light on the topic. The data analyzed in the study related to an estimated 70,000 men between the ages of 55 and 74 years. Men were tracked, on average, for 13 years. Researchers ultimately uncovered some rather disturbing and compelling evidence for men to keep weight in check as they age. The study found that men who were of average to normal weight in their 20swho became obese as they aged were more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than peers who maintained healthy weights. Men who were obese in their 20s and remained so with age were even more likely to die from the disease.

A direct correlation between obesity and the development of prostate cancer is not clear. What is evident, however, is that men who are obese may find themselves at much higher risk for prostate-cancer related deaths. With the findings in mind, researchers are urging men who are overweight or obese to take action to address weight. Doing so may not only lower mortality risk related to prostate cancer, but also a host of other conditions. Losing weight can prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other serious conditions. To find out more about risks for prostate cancer and lowering them, men are urged to speak with their healthcare providers.