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When Getting The Finger May Just Be A Good Thing-Finger Length Used to Detect Prostate Cancer

December 3, 2010

A recent study from England identified another predictor for prostate cancer.  Men with index fingers longer than the ring finger have a significantly less likelihood of developing prostate cancer.

The study demonstrated that men with the long index fingers were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer.  This could be a very simple test for prostate cancer risk.  So the next time your doctor checks your prostate, don’t be surprised if he\she checks out the length of your index finger compared to your ring finger.  Or if you are a do-it-yourselfer, measure your index and ring finger lengths as shown in the accompanying figure and share the results with your doctor.

Men with long index fingers have a lower risk of prostate cancer, British scientists said on Wednesday, a finding that could be used to help select those who need regular screening for the disease.

The article appear in British Journal of Cancer in the November 30, 2010 issue.