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Men with short index finger more likely to need private medical cover treatment for prostate cancer?

Published on 01/12/2010
A new study has suggested that men with shorter index fingers may be more likely to need treatment for prostate cancer from their private medical cover providers.

According to a study led by the UK's Institute of Cancer Research, men whose index finger is longer than their ring finger are significantly less likely to develop the disease.

Published in the British Journal of Cancer, the researchers studied more than 1,500 prostate cancer patients from 1994 to 2009.

They found that the risk of developing prostrate cancer was about the same for men whose index finger was shorter than their ring finger as for those whose were the same length.

However, when the index finger was longer, the risk of developing the disease dropped by 33 per cent.

The researchers suggested that this is because the relative length of the two fingers in question is related to different levels of hormones to which a baby is exposed in the womb, with less testosterone correlating with a longer index finger.

Previous studies have shown that testosterone promotes the growth of prostate cancer.

Some 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK, with those aged over 50 most at risk.
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