Study links men's weight with prostate cancer risk

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A new study shows a link between men's weight and their likelihood to develop prostate cancer.

Harvard researchers followed more than 1,800 Icelandic men for up to 13 years. Those who had higher levels of body fat deep in their midsection and thighs were more likely to develop advanced prostate cancer. They also had a poorer prognosis after being diagnosed with the disease.

The link was stronger in men who had a lower body mass index.

Out of the roughly 1,800 men in the study, 172 men developed prostate cancer (around 9.5 percent) with 31 dying from the disease.

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