The food we eat can determine whether or not cancer is lethal. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer who continue to follow a Western, meat-based diet are nearly three times more likely to die from the disease, a new study has found.
But those who drop the meat, dairy and refined grains in favour of vegetables, fruit, fish and whole grains are much more likely to survive, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health have found.
The men who kept to their Western diet were two-and-a-half times more likely to die from their prostate cancer, and had a 67 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause. Those who changed their diet reduced their risk of dying from any cause by 36 per cent.
The researchers' findings were based on a study of 926 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, and who were followed for up to 14 years after diagnosis.
(Source: Cancer Prevention Research, 2015; doi: 10.1158/1940-6207)