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  • Posted: 06/11/2013

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Eating healthy vegetable fats may improve prostate cancer survival

Men with prostate cancer may significantly improve their survival chances with a simple change in their diet, a new study led by UC San Francisco (home of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center) has found. By substituting healthy vegetable fats – such as olive and canola oils, nuts, seeds and avocados – for animal fats and carbohydrates, men with the disease had a markedly lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer and dying from other causes, according to the study. The study was published online on June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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