|POOR DIET INCREASES PROSTATE CANCER RISK|
"Dietary Patterns Identified Using Factor Analysis and Prostate Cancer Risk: A Case Control Study in Western Australia," Ambrosini GL, Fritschi L, et al, Ann Epidemiol, 2008 Feb 7
This is a population-based, case-control study involving 546 incident prostate cancer cases and 447 controls. The results indicate that eating a Western dietary pattern - which consisted of high intakes of red and processed meat, fried fish, hamburgers, chips, high-fat milk, and white bread - may be associated with a significantly increased risk for prostate cancer, especially aggressive prostate cancer.
Dietary information was gathered using a food frequency questionnaire. Analysis showed three distinct dietary patterns - health-conscious, vegetable, and Western. An increased risk for prostate cancer was observed with greater adherence to the Western dietary pattern, where men that followed this dietary pattern the most showed an 82% increased risk of prostate cancer, compared to men who followed this dietary pattern the least.
The authors of this study conclude, "A western style diet may lead to increased risks for prostate cancer, especially aggressive prostate cancer."