Excess Weight Associated With Prostate Cancer Recurrence
Excess weight on men with localized prostate cancer make them more vulnerable to having a recurrence of the disease after treatment, says a researcher.
And it doesn’t have to be a lot of weight either.
The association between weight and prostate cancer recurrence is based on one’s body mass index or BMI. BMI is a ratio of one’s weight to height, and is used to determine the amount of one’s body fat.
According to recent research, a man with early stage cancer who has a higher-than-normal BMI is at increased risk for prostate cancer recurrence.
Dr. Vincent Freeman from the University of Illinois in Chicago presented this information at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
The findings reaffirm the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight. The National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute funded the study.