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Monday, September 19, 2016

Black Men Already Have a High Risk for Prostate Cancer -- But Even Higher, If This Happens!

Black man with obesity problem

Black men have the highest rate of getting prostate cancer, followed by white, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), and Asian/Pacific Islander, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. Black men are also more likely to die of prostate cancer than any other group. But if this happens, the risk of either increases even more. What is it? Obesity.

The risk for Black men can quadruple

A recent study shows that the risk of prostate cancer among black men can quadruple as their weight goes up. The study included 3,400 black men and 22,700 white men, all of whom were cancer-free at the beginning of the study. After 5.5 years, the study found a 58 percent increased risk for prostate cancer among black men, compared with white men.

One criteria in the study was Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a calculation of body fat based on height and weight. The study shows that a BMI of 25 or less in black men increased their risk for prostate cancer 28 percent, but the risk increased to 103 percent for blacks with a BMI of 35 or more.

Body mass makes a difference

In addition, increased weight also increased the risk for high-grade (fast-moving) disease by 81 percent for obese black men, compared with healthy-weight black men. This can be compared to the stats for obese white men, who were found to have a 33 percent higher risk for aggressive prostate cancer compared with normal-weight white men.
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