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Fried Foods May Up Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Says

MONDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Eating deep-fried foods, such as French fries and fried chicken, on a regular basis may be tied to an increased risk of prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

This increased prostate cancer risk seems to be a result of what happens when oil is heated to temperatures used for deep frying:  potentially cancer-causing compounds can develop in the fried food.  The more the oil is re-used and the longer the frying time, the greater the amounts of these toxic compounds.

"This study begins to confirm in people what has been seen in animal models over the past decade," said Dr. Warren Bromberg, chief of urology, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

He said that high fat diets have been shown in those studies to be tied to "changes at the cellular level [that] are associated with cancer," especially in the prostate.

"Diet has been postulated to be a significant risk factor for inflammatory conditions and cancer, although more studies in people need to be done," Bromberg added.

The study was supported by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle.

View complete story in Health Day, by Robert Preidt

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about diet and cancer.

SOURCE: Warren Bromberg, M.D., chief of urology, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, news release, Jan. 28, 2013

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