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Intake of Fat and Meat Does not Increase Prostate Cancer

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Many people point to fat and meat intake as potential risk factors for prostate cancer, but recent studies suggest otherwise.

During a study involving thousands of participants from various ethnic groups during an 8-year period, results demonstrated that intake of different types of fat (total, saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated), n-6 fatty acid, cholesterol, various meats, and fats from meat showed no association with overall prostate cancer risk or with nonlocalized or high-grade prostate cancer.

Results also revealed that there was a protective effect of n-3 fatty acid intake that was limited to Latinos and Whites. Overall, findings from a large cohort study of a diverse population of men gave no indication that intake of fat and meat substantially affects prostate cancer risk.