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Link Between Exercise And Prostate Health May Vary By Race


The benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of prostate cancer may vary by race, says a new study from researchers at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Carolina.

According to lead researcher Dr. Lionel Banez, exercise may be less effective in warding off prostate cancer and its associated illnesses for African-American men than for Caucasians. For the study, researchers surveyed 164 white men and 143 black men, all of whom were undergoing prostate biopsies.

They found that white men who were moderately to very active were 53 percent less likely to have a cancer diagnosis, while there was no change between active and inactive blacks.

Researchers also found that white men who worked out regularly were 13 percent less likely to have an aggressive form of the illness, while there was no change for black men.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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