Older cyclists linked to prostate cancer

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 5:49pm

A British study has found a link between older male cyclists and prostate cancer.

The study, conducted by scientists at University School London had over five thousand participants. Two thousand of those participants were cyclists over the age of 50. The study found those older, male cyclists biking over nine hours a week were five times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Manager of Elite Bikes, Joe Self, believes in the possibility of biking causing prostate cancer, but there's more to it. He says it's all in the saddle of the bike. He suggests most people just buy a bike without having it fitted to their body. Not only that, but not having the proper saddle could cause you to put pressure on your soft tissue versus your sit bones therefore leading to scar tissue and even cancer.

A Texas Oncology doctor also said there could be more contributing factors such an enhancing chemicals that have undesirable side effects that would be causing cancer instead of the actual cycling itself.

The scientists did consider other factors mentioning the possibility of those men leading healthier lifestyles, not putting off doctor visits and therefore getting the chance for an earlier diagnosis. However, they did find men who are cyclists are no more likely to visit their GP than men who aren't.

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