Obesity Is One Of The Major Risk Factors For Prostate Cancer, Study Says


Kinshasa, June 25th, 2021 (CPA).– Obesity is one of the major risk factors for prostate cancer, reports a specialized study to demonstrate the relationship between body mass and cancer risk, conducted by a team of researchers from the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS, Quebec), and recently published in the journal « Cancer Causes & Control ».

According to the source, the actual distribution of body fat is a key factor in the development of the disease, especially when it comes to cancer risk.

Several studies conducted over time have shown that obesity is a major risk factor for prostate cancer. So knowing the added risk associated with obesity or abdominal adiposity is essential, as prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in men.

While many prostate cancers do not progress with age, abdominal obesity appears to be associated with an increased risk of aggressive cancer. In general, it does not show the same correlation as abdominal fat.

But scientists point to a possible bias regarding this conclusion: “In obese people, the protein used to detect prostate cancer at an early stage, prostate specific antigen (PSA), is diluted in the blood, a hemodilution that also makes cancer more difficult to detect”.

This team of researchers led by Dr Marie-Élise Parent, professor at the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), explored the link between the incidence of the disease and body mass, based on data from a survey conducted in Montreal between 2005 and 2012.This analysis concludes that the impact on a person’s health can vary depending on whether the fat is concentrated around the abdomen or distributed throughout the body.

The research team believes that studies of the timing of lifetime obesity exposure should be prioritized and that an analysis of the distribution of body fat could further clarify levels of cancer risk. prostate.

The aim of this study was to be able to work in a more preventive manner, by monitoring men with these risk factors more closely. ACP/