High Consumption of Eggs, Chicken and Red Meat Expose Healthy Men with Risks of Advanced Prostate Cancer

August 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

Many risk factors have been associated with prostate cancer and diet is one among others like age, African-American origin, gene etc.

A new study has further emphasized the impact of diet as a risk factor for prostate cancer. To be specific, the findings from the study show that the increased consumption of eggs, chicken, and red meat by healthy men increases their chances of being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

More so, men who are already diagnosed with non metastatic prostate cancer have increased risk of dying from the condition when they eat these foods. Here are more details on the study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts:

A new study in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that eating eggs, chicken and red meat may increase risk of developing advanced prostate cancer in healthy men and lower survival odds for those who have had been diagnosed with a nonmetastatic prostate cancer.

The study led by E.L. Eichman of Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts and colleagues found initially healthy men who ate 2.5 or more eggs per weeks were 81 percent more likely to develop lethal prostate cancer during the study follow-up than those who ate only less than half an egg per week.

The researchers followed 27,607 men who initially did not have cancer from 1994 through 2008 to examine the association between consumption of total, unprocessed, processed red meat, poultry and eggs and the risk of lethal or advanced prostate cancer.  They also followed 3,127 men who were initially diagnosed with nonmetastatic prostate cancer to see how eating these animal-based foods affects their survival odds.

In addition to the link between egg consumption and risk of lethal prostate cancer in those who were initially healthy, the researchers also found those initially idagnosed with non-lethal prostate cancer who ate 3.5 or more servings of poultry per week were 69 percent more likely to develop lethal prostate cancer or to die, compared to those with nonmetastatic prostate cancer who ate less than 1.5 serving per week.

Similarly, those with non-lethal prostate cancer diagnosed initially who ate 3 or more servings of red meat per week were 45 percent more likely to develop lethal prostate cancer, compared to those who ate less than 0.5 serving per week.

The study suggests that eggs have a greater impact on the development of advanced prostate cancer than poultry and red meat.  The researchers concluded that consumption eggs may increase risk of developing lethal prostate cancer among healthy men. Sources.

Conclusively, what these boil down to is that there is need for caution in the amount of eggs, red meat, and poultry consumed. In other words, processed foods increase our chances of being diagnosed with cancer of the prostate.

The study above may not be conclusive but it sure is a huge step in spurring further research in this angle.

More so, for those already diagnosed with prostate cancer, this may help them good decisions about the food they eat.

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