Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » Overweight men risk having their prostate cancer misdiagnosed

Overweight men risk having their prostate cancer misdiagnosed

A study published in Cancer found that a relationship existed body mass index and prostate specific antigen level. High BMI was associated with a lower PSA level and thus obesity was related to lower PSA levels. It is believed that obesity reduces the level of testosterone which in turn reduces the level of PSA. High PSA levels are indicative of prostate cancer and thus obesity may mask the presence of the cancer through artificially low PSA. This supports findings in other studies that claim that overweight men had a higher risk of death from prostate cancer. Diagnosis of prostate cancer can be done through PSA tests or digital rectal exams. However, PSA tests have been under intense scrutiny recently over claims that it fails to diagnose many cancers. A researcher believes that prostate cancer screening should be undertaken by all at risk groups ie people who are older, black or have a family history of the disease

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Forbes - HealthDay

Related Disease Topics:

Related Symptom Topics:

  • High PSA level

Article Source Details

About: Overweight men risk having their prostate cancer misdiagnosed

Date: 24 January 2005

Source: Forbes - HealthDay

Author: Serena Gordon


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Indecent assault charges brought against psychologist by a patient
  • Indian spice prevents cancer
  • Indian women disproportionately suffer from osteoporosis
  • India’s rate of diabetes is soaring
  • Indigestion can be caused by eating to fast
  • Indoor air purifiers produce dangerous levels of ozone
  • Inexperienced nurse and understaffing caused patient death
  • Infant dies of meningitis after hospital helpline suggests colic
  • Infant fits and link to epilepsy
  • Infant receives Zyrtec instead of Zantac

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise