From The Cancer Chronicles #18
© 1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School scientists have found that some kinds of fat in the diet accelerate the progression of prostate cancer and make it turn deadly. Their study was reported in the October 6th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Some fats protect, others pose a danger. While saturated fats, fish oils, and most vegetable fats were not linked to greater risk of invasive cancer, mono- unsaturates increased the risk.

Among the so-called essential fatty acids, diets high in linoleic acid appeared to cut the cancer-progression risk by 40 percent, whereas high consumption of alpha-linolenic acid tripled the risk of prostate cancer's spread. Diets high in red meat, butter or chicken with the skin on increased the risk; skinless chicken, and dairy foods other than butter decreased it.

In another report, scientists at Wayne State University say it may be time to "intervene in the progression of [prostate] disease through diet."


A UCLA study in the September issue of Epidemiology, performed jointly with Swedish scientists, found that people who endured serious aggravation on the job ran a 5.5 times greater risk of colorectal cancer than those without such pressures. They report that people who work in high-pressure situations, over which they have little control, face the highest risks.

In a separate but related study, Japanese scientists showed that rats which were forced to watch other rats get electric shocks developed stress-induced precancerous DNA lesions of their own. Together, these reports point to an important psychological component to colorectal cancer, and suggest a possible mechanism for it.

Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.

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