Diet of meat and dairy could up prostrate cancer risk

Prostrate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK, affecting some 34,000 men each year, and killing around 10,000. According to recent research, eating a meat and dairy diet could increase the levels of a hormone that causes tumour growth.
Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine show that vegetarians have low levels of the hormone. Dr. Roddam of Oxford University reportedly commented: “What we found was a modest association at best, but it was statistically significant. A lot of the individual studies found the same trend but were too underpowered for their results to be reliable. It could be about 10 to 15 per cent higher in people who have a high consumption of dairy products or meat.”
He reportedly continued: “There is a need to identify risk factors for prostate cancer, especially those which can be targeted by therapy or lifestyle changes. Now we know this factor is associated with the disease we can start to examine how diet and lifestyle factors can affect its levels and whether changes could reduce a man’s risk.”

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