Melanoma and dietary lipids

Nutr Cancer. 1987;9(4):219-26. doi: 10.1080/01635588709513930.


Samples of subcutaneous adipose tissue were taken from 100 melanoma patients and 100 matched controls in Sydney in 1984-1985 and were analyzed for constituent fatty acids. The mean percentage of linoleic acid in the triglycerides of the subcutaneous adipose tissue (PLASAT) of these subjects was substantially higher than that in a similar group examined in 1975-1976. In addition, the percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids was found to be higher in the melanoma patients than in the controls (p less than 0.01), and there were significantly more controls than patients who had a low PLASAT (p less than 0.01). Relevant literature is quoted and the suggestion is made that increased consumption of dietary polyunsaturates may have a contributory effect in the etiology of melanoma.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / analysis
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arachidonic Acid
  • Arachidonic Acids / metabolism
  • Dietary Fats / adverse effects*
  • Fats, Unsaturated / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Linoleic Acids / analysis
  • Male
  • Melanoma / etiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostaglandins / biosynthesis
  • Triglycerides / analysis


  • Arachidonic Acids
  • Dietary Fats
  • Fats, Unsaturated
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Prostaglandins
  • Triglycerides
  • Arachidonic Acid
  • Linoleic Acid