Men who eat deep fried foods once a week could be increasing their risk of developing prostate cancer by a third, according to a new US study.
Deep fried foods could increase risk of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with about 36,000 men diagnosed with it every year in the UK.
Now, for the first time, researchers have shown that deep fried foods like chips, fried chicken, battered fish and doughnuts can affect a man’s chances of developing the disease.
US scientists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle analysed data from two population based studies, involving 1,492 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and another 1,549 in good health.
All the men were aged between 35 and 74, of a similar age and profile, and all completed questionnaires on their eating habits.
Writing in journal The Prostate, the researchers found that eating deep fried foods at least once a week appeared to increase the risk of cancer by between 30 and 37 per cent compared with men who claim to eat them less than once a month.
This was regardless of the participant’s weight, age, racial background and whether they had a family history of the disease.
In addition, the types of tumour associated with deep fried food was more aggressive and life threatening.
Dr Janet Stanford, who led the research, said: "This is the first study to look at the association between intake of deep-fried foods and risk of prostate cancer.”
"The link appeared to be limited to the highest level of consumption - defined in our study as more than once a week.
"This suggests that regular consumption of deep fried foods confers a particular risk for developing prostate cancer."
There are a number of theories behind the link, but it is thought that when cooking oil is heated to very high temperatures potentially carcinogenic compounds can form in the food.
Oliver Childs, senior science communication officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "It's clear that a healthy diet high in fruit, vegetables and fibre and low in red meat and salt is better for overall health than one packed full of greasy fast food.
"But from this study alone, we can't be certain if there's a link between fried food and prostate cancer."
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