What are the links between cycling and prostate cancer? The risks explained and how to improve your prostate health

Some studies have shown a link between regular cycling and prostate cancer. We dig into the numbers and the broader context

Male cyclist riding on a country lane
(Image credit: Future)

Cycling and prostate health have been linked together for several years after a study in 2014 found that as the amount of time participants spent cycling increased from under 3.75 hours to over 8.5 hours, so too did the risk of developing prostate cancer. 

This risk was only associated in men over the age of 50, but it still presented some information which was quite shocking. Still, it is worth bearing in mind that this study looked at the differences amongst cyclists, and did not compare the risk against those who do not cycle at all.

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.