According to a new study conducted by English scientist men who have an index finger longer than an anonymous finger get 33% less likely to contract prostate cancer than those with an index finger shorter than an anonymous one.
“The relative length of the index finger can be used as a simple indicator of the risk of prostate cancer, especially in men over 60 years of age. Considering this indicator, along with other factors and risks, such as genetic indicators and family history, it is possible, for example, to select candidates for a preventive examination, “says the author of the Ros Eeles study.
Most often in men, the index finger was shorter than the ring finger. In 19% of these fingers were the same length (in these men the risk of prostate cancer was almost the same as in the first group). In men with a longer index finger, the risk of the disease was 33% less.
Scientists believe that this relationship can be explained by the features of intrauterine development. The greater the amount of testosterone, the shorter the index finger in the future child. Thus, if a man encounters less testosterone during the stage of intrauterine development, he has less chance of developing prostate cancer in adulthood.