Obesity in African American Men Linked to Increased Prostate Cancer Risk

Obesity in African American Men Linked to Increased Prostate Cancer Risk
A nationwide study led by researchers at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle recently revealed that obese African American men have an increased risk for prostate cancer development. The study was published in the journal JAMA Oncology and is entitled “Difference in Association of Obesity With Prostate Cancer Risk Between US African American and Non-Hispanic White Men in the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).” According to the National Cancer Institute, African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, and their cancers tend to be more aggressive, inducing higher mortality rates in comparison to non-Hispanic white men. The reasons behind this phenomenon are not clear, although it is thought that it might be linked to environmental and genetic factors. Since obesity, which is influenced by both social and biological factors, has been reported to be more prevalent among African Americans, the research team hypothesized that it could have an impact in prostate cancer risk in this specific racial group. “Given that obesity is more common among African-Americans, [the prostate cancer-obesity connection] is an important question to study, as it may shed light on how to reduce black/white disparities in prostate cancer incidence,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Wendy Barrington in a news release. A prospective study was conducted to assess how ethnicity and obesity affect prostate cancer risk and to better understand the so-called “African-American race effect” on the differences observed in this type of cancer. In total, data of 3,398 African Americans and 22,673 non-Hispanic white men enrolled in the Selen
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