Eating more vegetable fats may help men with prostate cancer
BMJ Group News
What do we know already?
Most men are diagnosed when their prostate cancer is at an early stage and has not spread to other parts of their body. The chance that a man’s cancer will eventually spread and become life threatening depends on several things, including what treatment he has and how quickly the cancer appears to be growing. What he eats may also play a role. Research suggests that men who have a diet high in saturated fats (such as fats from meat, butter, cream, and other animal sources) may have an increased chance of dying from prostate cancer.
However, this research looked only at men’s diets before they were diagnosed with prostate cancer. In the new study, researchers focused on men’s diets after their diagnosis, to get a clearer picture of how a man’s current food choices might affect his health outlook once he has cancer.
The researchers gathered data on 4,577 men with early prostate cancer who’d taken part in a large health study in the US. Every four years, the men filled in detailed questionnaires about what they usually ate and drank. The researchers then looked at whether the fats the men consumed