(NEW YORK) — Men who want to avoid prostate cancer should start working out. New research suggests a link between exercise and a lower risk for the disease.
Prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common form of the disease in American men.
The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 239,000 cases of prostate cancer, which occurs mainly in older men, will be diagnosed this year.
A study published in the journal Cancer looked at the exercise habits of 307 men aged 62 to 71.
When the study participants underwent prostate biopsies, doctors found that the Caucasian men who were moderately active were less likely to have a positive prostate biopsy result. And those who did have a positive biopsy were less likely to have a high-grade cancer than those who were sedentary.
But, the study authors reported, increased exercise did not reduce the prostate cancer risk in black men.
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