Obesity increases prostate cancer risk

19 November 2014

A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund has suggested a link between advanced prostate cancer and obesity.

The review of cumulative evidence suggests there is now a strong connection between carrying too much weight and the risk of prostate cancer. It is estimated that ten per cent of advanced prostate cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if the men had been at a healthy weight.

The findings used data from the Fund’s Continuous Update Project (CUP), which aims to analyse global scientific research into lifestyle factors that can increase a person's risk of cancer. In this latest review, more than 100 studies were looked at involving 9.8 million men and 191,000 prostate cancer cases, with help from Imperial College London.

Although the links with obesity were strong, it also found that the harmful effects of certain foods had been overestimated previously. As a result, the team downgraded evidence linking diet to cancer from “strong” to “limited”. 

Posted by Philip Briggs​

 

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