Men who are overweight or obese when they're diagnosed with prostate
cancer face a higher risk of dying from the disease, a new study
Researchers looked at more than 750 prostate cancer patients who had surgery to remove their prostate and surrounding tissue.
who eventually died from prostate cancer were 50% more likely to
be overweight or obese at the time of diagnosis than those who did not
die from the disease. The association between overweight/obesity and
increased risk of death was highest among men with more aggressive types
of prostate cancer.
The study was published in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice.
found among patients undergoing surgical treatment for prostate cancer,
weight at time of diagnosis is more strongly correlated with prostate
cancer survival than many other factors researchers have studied in the
past, including some prostate cancer treatments," study lead author
Reina Haque, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, said
in a Kaiser news release.
The study found an association
between being overweight when diagnosed with prostate cancer and a
higher risk of death, but it did not prove cause-and-effect.
forward, we are hoping future studies will examine the effect of weight
loss and other lifestyle modifications on prostate cancer mortality,"
Additional studies are needed to determine if the
study findings also apply to prostate cancer patients who have other
treatments, such as radiation or hormone therapy, the researchers said.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about prostate cancer.