High calcium intake may increase prostate cancer risk

November 16, 2005 in Cancer Prevention, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

High calcium intake may increase prostate cancer risk

Recent findings from the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study have found that men who consume large amounts of calcium are at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer.

The study found that men who consumed more than 2000 milligrams of calcium per day nearly doubled their risk of developing prostate cancer. The increased risk was associated with calcium intake, not overall dairy intake. Although dairy product intake increased the risk of prostate cancer, no association remained after controlling for calcium.

And with the exception of cream, which showed a significant trend toward an increased prostate cancer risk across intake levels, other individual dairy products showed no association.

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