Among men who have surgery for prostate cancer, those who have high total cholesterol and triglyceride levels – two types of fat found in blood – may be at increased risk of disease recurrence. This is according to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. This year, 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 29,480 will die from it. According to the research team, including Emma Allot, PhD, postdoctoral associate at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, laboratory studies have linked high cholesterol levels to prostate cancer, but population-based studies looking at this association have been unclear.

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