High triglycerides raise risk of prostate cancer recurrence

Researchers have found that men with elevated triglyceride levels before prostate cancer surgery were 35 percent more likely to show signs of a cancer recurrence than men with normal preoperative levels.

The study analyzed records of men who were not taking statins before prostate surgery at six U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals. Researchers found that overall, high triglycerides raised recurrence risk, with 293 of the 843 men having a rising level of prostate-specific antigen.

The study concluded that controlling lipid levels may have a role in keeping prostate cancer at bay and reinforced the importance of healthy behaviors, such as controlling cholesterol and not smoking.

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Sourced from: Reuters, High triglycerides linked with prostate cancer recurrence