The uncertain relationship between obesity and prostate cancer: An Italian biopsy cohort analysis - Abstract

Department of Urology, Ospedale Sant'Andrea, University "La Sapienza", Roma, Italy.


The study aims to investigate the relationship between obesity and prostate cancer diagnosis at biopsy.

From 2005 onwards, a consecutive series of patients undergoing 12-core prostate biopsy for PSA value ≥ 4 ng/ml and/or positive digital rectal examination (DRE) were enrolled. Before the biopsy, patients underwent a physical examination, including height and weight measurement. Obesity was defined as body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m2. Blood samples were drawn from all patients and analyzed for total PSA and testosterone.

885 patients were enrolled with a median age and PSA of 67 years (range 37-95) and 6.4 ng/ml (range 1-30) respectively. Median BMI was 27.1 kg/m2 (range 18-46.6) with 185 patients classified as obese. 363 patients had cancer at biopsy; 76 were obese. PSA was independently associated with a higher risk of cancer (OR 1.09 per 1 unit PSA, p = 0.01). On multivariate analysis, the BMI was not significantly associated with an increased prostate cancer risk (p = 0.19). Out of 363 patients with prostate cancer, 154 had a Gleason score 6 (23 were obese) and 209 a Gleason score ≥7 (53 were obese). Among men with cancer, a higher BMI on univariate (p = 0.001) and multivariate analysis (p = 0.005) was associated with high-grade disease (Gleason ≥ 7).

In our single center study and less aggressively screened cohort, obesity is associated with an increased risk of a high-grade Gleason score when prostate cancer is diagnosed at biopsy.

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De Nunzio C, Freedland SJ, Miano L, Finazzi Agrò E, Bañez L, Tubaro A.   Are you the author?

Reference: Eur J Surg Oncol. 2011 Sep 28. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2011.09.036

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PMID: 21963050 Prostate Cancer Section