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Vegans may cut prostate cancer risk

By Jane Kirby

Men who follow a vegan diet may cut their risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.

A study found a 35% lower risk of the cancer for those who followed a vegan diet, which is based on plants and includes vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits.

Vegans avoid food that comes from animals, including dairy products, meat and eggs.

The research, funded by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), comes as a separate study suggests that men who have radiotherapy to treat prostate cancer could be at risk of secondary cancers of the bladder, bowel area and rectum.

The WCRF study examined data for more than 26,000 men and looked at the relationship between prostate cancer, meat-eating, fish-based diets and vegan diets. In total, 1,079 cases of prostate cancer were identified among the group.

Around 8% of the men who were studied said they followed a vegan diet.

Researchers from Loma Linda University in California found that men who followed a vegan diet had a "statistically significant protective association", with a 35% reduced risk of developing the disease.

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