(HealthDay News) — After surgery for prostate cancer, elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk for the cancer’s return, new research suggests.

The findings were published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Among the 843 men in the study, 325 had abnormal cholesterol levels, 263 had abnormal triglyceride levels, and 293 had a recurrence of prostate cancer.

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Men who had triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dL or higher had a 35% increased risk for cancer recurrence, compared with men with normal triglyceride levels, the researchers found. Moreover, every 10 mg/dL increase in cholesterol above 200 mg/dL was linked with a 9% increase in risk for the return of prostate cancer.

“These findings suggest that normalization, or even partial normalization, of blood fats among men with high cholesterol and triglycerides may reduce the risk of prostate cancer recurrence,” lead researcher Emma Allott, PhD, of the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, told HealthDay.


  1. Allott EH et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014;doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0458.