Risk of Prostate Cancer and Fried Foods

Eating deep-fried foods on a regular basis may be tied to an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to a new study.

Detailed diet data was examined from about 1,500 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 1,500 men who did not have the disease.

The men, ranging in age from 35 to 74, who said they ate French fries, fried chicken, fried fish and/or doughnuts at least once a week were 30% to 37% more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ate such foods less than once a month. In addition, the men who ate these foods at least once a week also had a slightly greater risk of more aggressive prostate cancer.

According to the study it is believed the increased prostate cancer risk may be due to the fact that when oil is heated to temperatures used for deep frying, potentially cancer-causing compounds can form in the fried food.

The study is the first of its kind to study linkage between deep-fried foods and prostate cancer and was published in the online journal The Prostate. The study was supported by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle.