Nutrition, social factors and prostatic cancer in a Northern Italian population

Br J Cancer. 1986 Jun;53(6):817-21. doi: 10.1038/bjc.1986.138.


The relationship between prostate cancer and indicators of nutrition, diet and social factors was evaluated in a case-control study of 166 patients with histologically confirmed prostatic carcinoma and 202 control subjects hospitalized for acute diseases other than malignant, hormonal or urogenital. The relative risk increased with increasing body mass index, men being moderately overweight showing a 2.3 elevated risk, and those grossly overweight an over four-fold higher risk of prostate cancer, when allowance was made for several identified potential confounding factors. Cases also reported more frequent consumption of milk and other dairy products and meat, but no significant difference was noted for vegetable intake. The risk of prostate cancer was unrelated to marital status or indicators of social class based on occupation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Body Weight
  • Dairy Products / adverse effects
  • Diet / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Meat / adverse effects
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Risk
  • Social Class
  • Vegetables