According to the findings of a recent study, it has been found out that tall men are at a greater risk of contracting aggressive prostate cancer and of dying because of the disease in comparison to the average height males.
Researchers in Britain found out that with every 10 cm of increase in height, there are increased chances of males developing the high-grade prostate cancer. The researchers rounded up their risk of getting cancer by 21 percent, and their risk of dying fem the disease by 17%.
The study also noted that the risk of obesity also increased with the increased risk of aggressive prostrate cancer.
Commenting on the findings of the study, the lead researcher from Oxford University, Dr Aurora Pérez-Cornago said, “The finding of high risk in taller men may provide insights into the mechanisms underlying prostate cancer development – for example, related to early nutrition and growth.”
“We also found that a healthy body weight is associated with a reduced risk of high-grade prostate cancer and death from prostate cancer years later,” Dr. Pérez-Cornago added.
The study however found out that increased height was not associated with overall cancer risk, but only with the aggressive forms of the disease, according to the Guardian report.
Reports state that the researchers found the total prostate cancer risk to be linked to the body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, however the latter is considered a better proxy as muscular people can have high BMI.Obesity has been linked previously with eleven common forms of cancer.
According to the findings, ever 10 cm extra on the waistline of a male was associated with at least 13 percent greater chances of having high-grade prostate cancer and even a 18 percent bigger risk of dying from the disease.
The findings of the study were published in the BMC Medicine on Thursday.
Source: The Guardian