Men with high blood pressure have an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, according to a new study.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with around 36,000 diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK. Of these, approximately 10,000 die from the condition.
Researchers from the Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer (MeCan) project looked at almost 300,000 men from Sweden, Norway and Austria over a period of 12 years to investigate factors influencing prostate cancer incidence and death rates.
The scientists assessed a range of risk factors, including high BMI, high blood pressure and high levels of sugar and fats in the blood- collectively known as metabolic syndrome. Of all the participants, 6,673 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 961 died from the disease.
They found that men with the highest blood pressure levels were 62% more likely to die from the disease than those with the lowest.
An association was also found with obesity and other factors including blood sugar and cholesterol. Writing in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer, lead researcher Dr Christel Haggstrom, from Umea University, Sweden, said:
"When we looked to see if the metabolic factors are related to an increased risk of getting or dying from prostate cancer we found a relationship with death from the disease and high blood pressure.
"There was also a link to high BMI but blood pressure had the strongest association to increased risk. The results for BMI are in line with previous findings in large studies."
"More research is needed to find out why this is the case but the results add further evidence to the hypothesis that high levels of metabolic factors separately or combined are related to an increased risk of dying from the disease."
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