Dairy Products, Calcium Intake, and Risk of Prostate Cancer in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial

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Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention (Impact Factor: 4.13). 12/2007; 16(12):2623-30. DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-07-0601
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Higher intakes of calcium and dairy products, a major source of dietary calcium, are reported to increase the risk of prostate cancer, potentially due to reductions in circulating vitamin D with increasing calcium intake. We prospectively examined the association of dairy product and calcium intake with prostate cancer risk in 29,509 men, including 1,910 cases, in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. We also evaluated the relation of calcium intake with serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D [25(OH)D] and 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D [1,25(OH)(2)D], in a Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Trial substudy (n = 275). Dietary intake was assessed using a food frequency questionnaire. Baseline serum 1,25(OH)(2)D was determined by RIA. Greater intake of dairy products, particularly low-fat dairy products, was weakly associated with increased risk of prostate cancer [relative risk (RR), 1.12; 95% confidence intervals (CI), 0.97-1.30; P trend = 0.06 for >2.75 versus < or = 0.98 servings of total dairy/day; 1.23 (1.07-1.41) for low-fat dairy]. Greater dietary calcium intake was associated with increased risk of prostate cancer (RR, 1.34; 95% CI, 0.93-1.94; P trend = 0.02 for >2,000 versus <1,000 mg/day), but greater supplementary calcium intake was not associated with the risk. Associations of dairy product and dietary calcium intake were evident for nonaggressive disease (RR, 1.20; 95% CI, 0.99-1.46; P trend = 0.01 for dairy products; 1.64, 1.04-2.57; P trend = 0.002 for dietary calcium), but not aggressive disease (RR, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.81-1.28 for dairy products; 0.94, 0.49-1.80 for dietary calcium). Calcium intake was not associated with serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D and 1,25(OH)(2)D concentration. In this large prospective study in a prostate cancer screening trial, greater dietary intake of calcium and dairy products, particularly low-fat types, may be modestly associated with increased risks for nonaggressive prostate cancer, but was unrelated to aggressive disease. Furthermore, we found no relationship between calcium intake and circulating vitamin D.

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    • "Adverse to the health status of the surveyed men is also the fact of a low intake of calcium and magnesium (resulting from low consumption of dairy products, cereal products, vegetables and fruits, and legume grains), whose incorrect concentrations in the body might enhance the accumulation of fatty tissue and induce disorders of carbohydrate metabolism. However, higher dairy product and dietary calcium intakes are modestly related to increased risk for prostate cancer, particularly nonaggressive disease [Ahn et al. 2007]. Studies have shown a negative correlation between magnesium intake and a drop in its concentration inside cells with a suppressed cellular uptake of glucose [Kao et al. 1999]. "
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    • "Metaanalyses of prospective studies indicate that high consumption of milk and dairy products (about >3 servings per day) increases the risk of prostate cancer (Gao et al, 2005; Qin et al, 2007; WCRF, 2007). A large prospective study found >2.75 servings per day of dairy products, particularly low-fat types and >2000 mg day )1 of calcium were modestly associated with increased risks only for non-aggressive prostate cancer (Ahn et al, 2007), but in most studies the associations have been primarily with metastatic or fatal prostate cancer. Although consumption of dairy products has been associated with the risk of ovarian cancer in some studies, in a large pooled analysis, the association with total dairy products and calcium intake was not significantly associated with the risk of this cancer (Genkinger et al, 2006). "
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