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Diet Factor in Prostate Cancer

January 29, 2009: 05:46 PM EST
A low-fat, vegetarian diet may reduce the chances of men getting prostate cancer or prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate). Dr James Carmody and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester found in a recent pilot study that levels of PSA, an antigen used to measure the risk of the cancer, increase more slowly in people on a diet low in saturated fat, low in animal protein, and high in vegetable protein. The higher the levels of PSA, the greater the cancer risk. More clinical trials are needed to “examine the effect of a similar diet on clinical disease markers of disease progression with a larger sample of men followed for a substantially longer period”, the research report says.
"Low-Fat, Vegetarian Diet Slows PSA Doubling Time", Reuters, January 29, 2009, © Thomson Reuters
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