Penile Cancer Prognosis Not Linked to BMI

The researchers found no significant association between BMI and penile cancer stage at diagnosis.
The researchers found no significant association between BMI and penile cancer stage at diagnosis.
Body Mass Index (BMI) at the time of treatment for penile cancer has no effect on patients' prognosis, according to an online report in Urologia Internationalis

Rosa S. Djajadiningrat, MD, and colleagues at The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, evaluated 433 penile cancer patients who had a mean BMI of 26.8 kg/m2. 

The researchers found no significant association between BMI and American Joint Committee on Cancer stage at diagnosis and observed no significant differences in disease-specific survival among difference BMI classes. The researchers cited a previous study suggesting that obese penile cancer patients in the United States tend to present at later stages of the disease than non-obese patients. 

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