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Saturated fats increase the likelihood of aggressive prostate cancer

Men who eat more saturated fats are at greater risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than those with a healthier diet (AFR 7 February 2019).

Fatty acids are taken up into prostate cancer cells, increasing tumour growth.

Researchers at Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and University of Melbourne Physiology Department showed that blocking the uptake of fatty acids could slow the prostate cancer’s growth.

Given that prostate cancer has developed in some men and not yet been diagnosed, this is another good reason for men to reduce consumption of saturated fats.  Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol levels and so can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Foods high in saturated fats include beef, lamb, pork, chicken skin, butter, cheese, milk, cream, palm oil, and coconut oil.