High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer's Return

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High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer's Return
High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer's Return

(HealthDay News) — After surgery for prostate cancer, elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the cancer's return, new research suggests. The findings were published online October 10 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Among the 843 men in the study, 325 had abnormal cholesterol levels, 263 had abnormal triglyceride levels, and 293 had a recurrence of prostate cancer.

Men who had triglyceride levels of ≥150mg/dL had a 35% increased risk of cancer recurrence, compared with men with normal triglyceride levels, the researchers found. Moreover, every 10mg/dL increase in cholesterol above 200mg/dL was linked with a 9% increase in risk for the return of prostate cancer.

"These findings suggest that normalization, or even partial normalization, of blood fats among men with high cholesterol and triglycerides may reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence," lead researcher Emma Allott, PhD, of the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., told HealthDay.

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