'Beer' bellies linked to prostate cancer

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'Beer' Bellies Linked to Prostate Cancer

A new study suggests the chance of developing prostate cancer increases with every inch to your waistline.

Scientists at Oxford University looked at around 140,000 men from 8 European countries over a period of 14 years.

They found every extra 4 inches on your waist raises your risk of fatal prostate cancer by 13%.

For example, men with a waist size of 37 inches had a 13% higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer than those with a 33 inch waist.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and one in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Doctors performing the study say the link is likely the cancer-causing hormones in fat cells, but this has not been proven.

During the course of the 14-year study, 7,000 incidents of prostate cancer were identified; 934 were fatal.

Doctors say keeping a healthy weight can help men reduce their risk of several other cancers.

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'Beer' bellies linked to prostate cancer

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Non-organic fruit

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Processed meats

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Farmed salmon

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Refined sugars

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Canned tomatoes 

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Potato chips

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Hydrogenated oils

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Artificial sweeteners

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Foods that are highly salted, pickled, or smoked

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Red meat

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Highly processed white flours

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"Diet" or "Low Fat" anything

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Genetically modified organisms (GMO's)

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