Obesity creates greater risk for African-American men
All men will increase their risk for prostrate cancer if they are obese. What was revealing about the recent study was that African-American men in particular who are obese increase their risk four times greater than African-American men who had normal weight. In addition, they are more likely to increase their risk for both low- and high-grade prostate cancer. Two specific findings include:
- African-American men whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is below 25 have a 28 percent risk of getting prostate cancer
- When BMI among African-American men exceeds 35 (obese), that risk increases to 103 percent
How the risk compares to men of other races
To demonstrate how great the risk is for African-American men, the study included 3,398 African-American and 22,673 non-Hispanic white men and included obesity and race in its analysis. The results clearly indicated that "obesity was not associated with risk of total prostate cancer" among the non-Hispanic white men who participated in the study.
What researchers learned from the study was that doctors need to be more aware of how prostrate cancer affects African-American men differently than white men. As researcher Wendy Barrington, PhD, explained, "The main take-home point for practicing physicians is to recognize that obesity has a different relationship to prostate cancer risk in African-American compared to non-Hispanic white men."
To read more, visit www.fredhutch.org/en/news/releases/2015/04/obesity-ups-prostate-cancer-risk-in-black-men.html