Lower prostate cancer rates in obese men may not equal lower risk

09/14/2010 | Reuters

Data from government health surveys showed that obese men who underwent prostate cancer screening with a prostate-specific antigen blood test generally had lower PSA levels than their normal-weight counterparts. And overweight men who had a PSA screening were less likely to undergo a biopsy to confirm or rule out cancer. The findings indicate that the lower rates of disease occurrence among the group may be due to a lower percentage of early detection.

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