Diets high in saturated fat from meat and dairy could make men more susceptible to developing a particularly aggressive form of prostate cancer according to a recent study in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, Reuters reported in October.

Increased risk was greater for patients who had not taken cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and for men of European descent in comparison to African American men, it was found.

Lead author of the study Emma Allott at the University of North Carolina said: “A diet high in saturated fat contributes to high blood cholesterol levels”, which was already known to lead to worse outcomes for prostate cancer patients.

The study’s authors noted that prostate cancer was more common in Western countries, where people tend to consume more saturated fat.

The study concluded that diets highest in saturated fat from processed meat and dairy products were linked to an overall greater risk of 51% of having the highly aggressive cancer.