The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on possible link between meat consumption and aggressive prostate cancer

The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on a new study published today (23 November) in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE which claims that consumption of processed meat, such as ground beef, can increase a man's risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.

Dr Kate Holmes, Research Manager at The Prostate Cancer Charity explains: "This retrospective study, which looks at the eating habits of 1,000 men, suggests that men who eat higher levels of red meat, are more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer than those who do not.

"Although a worrying claim, it is important to note that this was a small study which relies on men with advanced prostate cancer to remember what they had eaten 12 months before their diagnosis. It is unlikely that these men were able to accurately recall the foods, and the quantities of foods, that they had eaten during this time. To conclusively prove that one food type has an association with prostate cancer much clearer and stronger evidence is needed."