Prostate Cancer May Be Associated With Finger Length

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A new study published in the British Journal of Cancer concluded that men with index fingers longer than their ring finger were at less risk of prostate cancer than the the opposite. Over 1,500 prostate cancer patients and over 3,000 healthy controls were queried over a 15 year period ((1994-2009) about the length of their fingers. The men were shown a series of pictures of different finger length patterns and asked to identify the pattern most similar to their own right hand. The men with index fingers longer than their ring finger were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer For men under age 60 the risk dropped to 87% less likelihood of developing prostate cancer. Because the genes that affect finger length are the same as those for sex development, they believe being exposed to less testosterone before birth may predispose a lower risk for prostate cancer. They conclude that “results show that relative finger length could be used as a simple test for prostate cancer risk, particularly in men under age 60.” More information can be found at:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20024421-10391704.html

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