Saturday, April 15, 2006

Cholesterol and CA prostate

High Cholesterol levels may be related to CA Prostate. This fact was found by researchers from the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri in Milan who published their study in the Annals of Oncology. This was especially so in males less than 50yrs or more than 60yrs of age. They studied 2,745 patients, 1294 patients had Ca Prostate and 1451 patients had non-cancerous disease. They found that 50% of those with Ca Prostate had higher serum cholesterol levels. Whether there is a causal relationship, is still uncertain. Obviously, more work needs to be done.It is true that cholesterol is needed to form androgen. Ca Prostate is androgen dependent. As we know, castration is a form of treatment for Ca Prostate. Suffice to say for the moment we are not sure. However we do know that Ca Prostate is the most common cancer in the older males.
But what I am saying is that here is another good reason to ask males at the risk group to go on a low cholesterol diet, with a good dose of fish and fish oil, both for prevention of CAD and now also as a means of Ca Prostate prevention.

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