By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Belly fat reduces a woman's chances for surviving kidney cancer, but not a man's, a new study suggests.
The study included 77 women and 145 men with kidney cancer. Half of the women with high amounts of belly fat died within 3.5 years of diagnosis. Meanwhile, more than half of women with low amounts of belly fat were still alive after 10 years.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found no link between belly fat and men's kidney cancer survival.
The findings suggest kidney cancer develops and progresses differently in men and women, the study authors said.
"We're just beginning to study sex as an important variable in cancer," study senior author Dr. Joseph Ippolito said in a university news release. Ippolito is an instructor in radiology.
"Men and women have very different metabolisms. A tumor growing in a man's body is in ...