Lack of Physical Activity Linked to Higher Risk of Prostate Cancer

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol and Imperial College London, UK, using a new method to assess the risk factors for developing prostate cancer, determined that there is a link between a lack of physical activity and a higher risk of developing the disease.Physical activity linked to lower risk of prostate cancer

For the research, the scientists gathered medical information on 79,148 participants with prostate cancer and 61,106 participants without the condition.

The analysis of the received data showed that men with a genetic variation responsible for the higher chances to get this type of cancer who were physically active had a 51% lower risk of the condition compared to men who didn’t have this variation.

The study co-author Sarah Lewis, Ph.D. comments: “This study is the largest-ever of its kind, which uses a relatively new method that complements current observational research to discover what causes prostate cancer. It suggests that there could be a larger effect of physical activity on prostate cancer than previously thought, so will hopefully encourage men to be more active.

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