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Losing just 11 lbs. (or more) cuts prostate cancer risk

Study: Men who lost weight cut odds of getting aggressive form of disease


December 27 — A new study has found that losing weight reduces the risk of an aggressive form of prostate cancer.  After tracking the weight of approximately 70,000 men between 1982 and 1992, researchers from the American Cancer Society and the Duke University Prostate Center found that men who lost 11 pounds or more had a significantly lower risk of acquiring aggressive prostate cancer than men whose weight remained the same over a decade.  Previous studies have found that obese men have a higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.  This study is the first to conclude that recent weight loss can decrease that risk.
 
Researchers analyzed the height and weight of the men in 1982 and 1992 and every three years after that until 2003.  By 2003, more than 5,200 of the men — more than 7 percent — had prostate cancer.  Among those cases, about 1 in 8 had a form of cancer that was aggressive but had not spread to other areas of the body.  The study's major finding focused on those aggressive cases, with researchers concluding that those who lost 11 or more pounds were 42 percent less likely to develop that form of prostate cancer than those whose weight remained the same.
 
More than seven times as many men whose weight remained the same developed aggressive prostate cancer compared to those who lost 11 or more pounds.  The number studied was small, the researchers said, because fewer than 15,000 men lost weight over the time period, and only 1,000 of those developed some form of prostate cancer.  The 69,991 participants were part of a bigger cancer society study of 1.2 million Americans that began in 1982.
 
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer for men (after cancer of the skin, many instances of which are relatively benign), and about one in six will get it during his lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer death for U.S. men.  Therefore, men should avoid putting on extra weight as they get older.  "The main message for men is to not get overweight. If they are overweight, that's another reason to try to lose weight, just to decrease the risk for prostate cancer," said Dr. Carmen Rodriguez, the head researcher, who works for the Atlanta-based cancer society. 

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