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Meat and Prostate Cancer

Risk factors for prostate cancer - Meat and Prostate CancerResearchers evaluated the diet in 982 men with aggressive prostate cancer to evaluate risk factors for prostate cancer. They found high consumption of processed meat, including ground beef, was strongly associated with aggressive prostate cancer. Ground beef and well-done meat showed the strongest association with aggressive prostate cancer.

The consumption of rare or less cooked meat was not associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.[1]

Another study evaluated approximately 2,000 men in the California Collaborative Prostate Cancer Study. About one-half of the men were diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Researchers found men who ate the highest amounts of red meats cooked at high temperatures and well-done meats had a 30 to 40 percent increased risk of advanced prostate cancer compared to the men who ate the least amount of high temerature and well done meats.

In this study there was not a link between eating red or processed meat and prostate cancer risk.

The study also found that men that ate high amounts of poultry had a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer. Eating pan fried poultry was associated with an increased risk of advanced prostate cancer. [2]

Cooking meat at high temperature causes browning or blackening of the meat. The brown and black parts of the meat contain heterocyclic amines. Heterocyclic amines stimulate prostate cancer cells (and many other cancers) in some men to turn into prostate cancer cells.

Prostate Cancer Meat - Reduce your risk of prostate cancer or re-occurrence of prostate cancer! Follow these 3 steps!

  1. VERY IMPORTANT! Avoid hamburgers at restaurants and fast food joints! They cook them too fast in extreme temperatures.
  2. Cook your hamburgers and other meats at home over low temperature for a longer period of time. I eat my hormone free burgers medium rare, just like my steaks. 
  3. When grilling, cook the meat on low temperature, avoid flare ups, and do not breath in the smoke! The smoke has heterocyclic amines that will increase your risk of prostate cancer. 


[1]   Cancer Biol Ther. 2012 Oct;13(12):1141-2. doi: 10.4161/cbt.21463. How do you want your steak prepared? The impact of meat consumption and preparation on prostate cancer. Figg WD 2nd.
[2]   Carcinogenesis. 2012 Nov;33(11):2108-18. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgs242. Red meat and poultry, cooking practices, genetic susceptibility and risk of prostate cancer: results from a multiethnic case-control study. Joshi AD, Corral R, Catsburg C, Lewinger JP, Koo J, John EM, Ingles SA, Stern MC.


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