Study Finds That Cycling Increases Risk For Prostate Cancer

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Dr. Kia Michel, Beverly Hills Urologist, comments on study linking cycling to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Kia Michel, MD

Patients who enjoy cycling don’t have to stop riding completely. Taking proper precautionary measures during bike rides and being screened for prostate cancer can help patients limit their risk of the disease.

A new study published in the Journal of Men’s Health found a correlation between men who cycle on a regular basis and prostate cancer. While cycling is great for your overall health, the study suggests that the more hours per week a man spends cycling, the more likely he is to develop prostate cancer, leading to an increased importance on prostate cancer screening methods.

“This study is important because it allows physicians to look more closely at patents’ risk factors for developing prostate cancer,” says Kia Michel M.D., urologist at Comprehensive Urology. “Prostate cancer screenings may be even more crucial for patients who fall in certain categories or participate in certain activities.”

The study followed men aged 16-88 and who considered themselves cyclists. Men who ride bikes more than occasionally were found to be at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer. According to the study, men over 50 developed an increased risk of the disease when they cycled more than 3.75 hours a week. This information is useful for both urologists and patients when it comes to diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

“With this information, urologists are able to better educate our patients on the risk factors of prostate cancer,” says Dr. Michel. “Knowing more about the exercise and lifestyle habits of our patients allows us to provide accurate screening tests and preventative treatment measures. Screening patients and providing them with the proper treatment is our number one priority.”

While the study reports that men who cycled between 4 and 8 1/2 hours per week were three times as likely to have prostate cancer than men who biked less, this was based on data only, and no further research has been done to discover why cycling increases men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.

There are, however, steps that men who enjoy cycling can take to reduce their risk, such as changing bicycle seats or wearing padded bicycle shorts.

“Patients who enjoy cycling don’t have to stop riding completely,” says Dr. Michel. “Taking proper precautionary measures during bike rides and being screened for prostate cancer can help patients limit their risk of the disease.”

Kia Michel M.D. earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at UCLA. He has also been recognized as a National Pfizer Scholar. As one of the founding members of the Comprehensive Urology Medical Group, located in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Michel treats a host of urologic diseases such as prostate cancer. One of the few urologists who is both an acclaimed cancer and robotic surgeon, Dr. Michel is a compassionate doctor who has dedicated his career to providing state-of-the-art care for his patients with a warm, nurturing touch.

Comprehensive Urology is a renowned urological practice in Los Angeles that provides state of the art prostate cancer care in a personalized and compassionate environment. The physicians at Comprehensive Urology are board-certified urologists with specialty training in a number of different aspects of urology and provide tailored care for their patients with outstanding results. Call them today at (310) 278-8330 or visit their website:

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