Obesity is found to be associated to high rates of cancer screening: Research

Prostate Cancer RibbonResearchers have found that obesity is linked with higher rates of prostate cancer screening in all races and ethnicities.

“Numerous studies have suggested that obesity constitutes an obstacle to cancer screening, but a deeper examination also considering the role of race/ethnicity and gender in the equation has not been done before,” said lead author Heather Bittner Fagan, MD, MPH, of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE. “A greater understanding of the relationship between cancer screening and obesity, race/ethnicity and gender can also help explain the association between obesity and increased cancer mortality.”

Researchers have found constant increase in prostate cancer screening with weight. They discovered that obese men have more chances to receive a PSA test for prostate cancer screening as compared to the normal weight people.

“This could be explained by differences in access and utilization of health care; as weight increases, so do other co-morbid conditions, making heavier men higher users of health care and perhaps more encouraged to be tested by their health care provider,” said co-author Richard Wender, MD, of Thomas Jefferson University.

“Screening behaviors can vary by ethnicity/race and gender, but more research is needed to create a comprehensive understanding of obesity and cancer screening in race-gender subgroups,” Drs. Fagan and Wender said.

Further Reading:

Heather Bittner Fagan, Richard Wender, Ronald E. Myers, and Nicholas Petrelli, (2011). Obesity and Cancer Screening according to Race and Gender. Journal of Obesity, doi:10.1155/2011/218250

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