Additional Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer Shown

By Tom McIntyre

July 15, 2010 Updated Oct 17, 2008 at 7:44 PM CDT

Doctors have - for years -recommended men get a prostate cancer screening after the age of fifty.

Researchers have known for years that some men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than others.

African-Americans, for example, have a higher risk factor for the disease...as do men who have a family history of prostate cancer.

Now, there's research that indicates that that being overweight and having a high level of insulin increases the risk.

Researchers found overweight men with high levels of insulin were four times more likely to die after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Scientists know Obesity can cause metabolic changes to the human body...one of which is an increase of insulin in the body.

Why is this important?

Because prostate cancer in many cases has no obvious symptoms...

Dr. John Richier of Midwest Urological says, "One, you can't see it, you can't feel it, you don't know what's going on. It's relatively asymptomatic. Without a proper screening, you could miss it".

Research identifying men with the greatest risk of drying from prostate cancer can help doctors determine how aggressively to treat the disease...hormone therapy, surgery...radiation.

But, none of that can happen....without a PSA screening and exam.
So...getting screened is the key.

And, an update on News 25 weatherman Lee Ranson...who was treated for his prostate cancer.
After radiation treatment, Lee's PSA levels have continued to drop...indicting the success of that treatment