Increased risk of prostate cancer by eating eggs


Eggs are eaten around the world in various forms like omelet, scrambled eggs or in cakes, pastries, cookies sand so on. A new study links consumption of eggs to increased risk of prostate cancer.

What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer
is the cancer that starts in the prostate gland. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized structure that makes up part of a man’s reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages and is the most common cause of death from cancer in men over age 75. Prostate cancer is rarely found in men younger than 40.

Increased risk by eating eggs
US researchers Erin L. Richman
from the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and colleagues concluded that eating eggs  may increase men’s risk of developing the more lethal form of prostate cancer, similar to eating red and processed meat. The study  was published recently in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

They carried the study using dietary data from...

27,607 men who had been followed from 1994 to 2008 and who had no cancer at the start of the period.

They found that men who ate 2.5 eggs or more a week had a significant 81% higher risk of developing lethal prostate cancer compared to men who ate fewer than 0.5 eggs a week on average and concluded that “consumption of eggs may increase risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer among healthy men”.

You could easily top 2.5 eggs per meal, if you are eating a omelet at iHop or other restaurant.  One thing is not clear from the research that is this consumption of egg in relation to increased cancer risk tied to the form in which you eat egg.  For example, is it ok to consume eggs in it is in cake? None-the-less, the study does indicate a link between egg consumption and prostate cancer.  Do consult you physician regarding this study, if you are above the age of 40.

Healthy Eating!



5 Responses

  1. While new research for the prevention, detection and treatment of prostate cancer is vital, what is most important for men to understand is that early detection saves lives. Healthy eating, with all things in moderation, and regular exercise are certainly part of maintaining a healthy body. However, rather than men worry about eating one too many eggs I’d rather they worry about getting their annual PSA test scheduled.

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