Tall, obese men at increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Men who are tall and obese may be at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer as well as death from the condition, according to a study. The findings showed that with every additional ten centimetres (3.9 inches) of height the risk of aggressive prostate cancer and death from it increased by 21 per cent and 17 per cent, respectively. Higher BMI was also found to be associated with increased risk of aggressive tumours as well as increased risk of death from prostate cancer. This may be due to…

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‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world…

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Harmful Chemicals and Plastic Matter in Food Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases in Men

Do you usually consume foods packed in plastic? Experts now suggest that potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic products, such as phthalates, may pose severe threat to human health. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute joined hands to investigate the presence of harmful chemicals in around 1500 male participants. The urine samples of close to 99.6% of the participants contained phthalates. Traces of phthalates in human body have often been linked to triggering a range of ailments. “We found that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease,…

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Attention, men. Being tall and obese puts you at a higher risk of prostate cancer

Men who are tall and obese are at an increased risk of high grade prostate cancer and prostate cancer death, according to a recent study. The team led by the University of Oxford, UK found that while height was not associated with overall prostate cancer risk, risk of high grade disease and death from prostate cancer increased by 21% and 17% respectively with every additional ten centimetres (3.9 inches) of height. Higher BMI was also found to be associated with increased risk of high grade tumours, as well as increased risk of…

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Men may not need immediate surgery after being detected with prostate cancer

It’s a common belief that cancer needs to be treated as soon as possible. But that’s not necessarily the case with prostate tumour. Men increasingly have choices if their cancer is found at an early stage, as most cases in the US are. They can treat it right away or monitor with periodic tests and treat later if it worsens or causes symptoms. Now, long-term results are in from one of the few studies comparing these options in men with tumours confined to the prostate. After 20 years, death rates were roughly…

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More Women Suffer From Osteoarthritis Than Men

“Osteoarthritis is the single most common cause of disability in older adults. According to the United Nations, by 2050 people aged over 60 will account for more than 20% of the world’s population,” WHO. Osteoarthritis is a condition wherein the cartilage – that provides padding to the joints – begins to wear off. While ageing is one of the primary reasons for the condition, some other perpetrators would include past injury and even obesity. Osteoarthritis is commonly reported in some of the pivotal weight bearing joints of the body. Some…

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