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CHOLESTEROL AND PROSTATE CANCER

ANCHOR LEAD: MORE AGGRESSIVE FORMS OF PROSTATE CANCER MAY BE RELATED TO CHOLESTEROL LEVELS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Besides a clear association with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, high blood cholesterol has now been shown to be associated with more aggressive prostate cancers, a Johns Hopkins study led by Elizabeth Platz has shown.

PLATZ:  Men whose cholesterol was less than 200 mg/dl had a lower risk of high grade prostate cancer compared with men who had higher levels of cholesterol.  So I would say that they probably shouldn’t think about this as one of the reasons to keep their cholesterol low, instead they should think about good health in general, avoiding cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol if it is elevated   or not allowing it to increase if it already is in the normal range.             :26

Platz says the association is interesting and gives researchers a lead on possible clinical applicability, but says for now, no man should choose to take a cholesterol lowering medication solely to reduce his risk of prostate cancer.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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