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Journal of Korean Association of Cancer prevention 2002; 7(1): 34-41

Published online March 30, 2002

© Korean Society of Cancer Prevention

Ecologic Correlation Study on Nutrition/Foods Intake and Mortality for Male Prostate Cancer in Korea

Hachung Yoon, Aesun Shin and Keun-Young Yoo


With westernized lifestyle and increasing proportion of aged people, mortality from prostate cancer in Korea is increasing rapidly. This study aimed at exploring role of food consumption pattern in relation to the prostatic neoplasms. Data on mortality from National Statistic Office in Korea and National Nutrition survey from 1969 to 1999, were used. Age-standardized mortality was 0.27 per 100,000 persons in 1983 then jumped to 1.29 per 100,000 persons in 1999 with an increment ratio of 6.62. With a 10 year lag time between exposure and the development of prostate cancer, strong positive associations with prostate cancer mortality were observed in daily intakes per capita of total protein (r=0.74), total lipids (r=0.77), proportion of animal protein (r=0.92), meat, poultry and their products (r=0.89), eggs (r=0.90), fish and shellfish (r=0.83), milk and dairy products (r=0.94). In the contrary, intakes of carbohydrate (r=⁣0.88), vitamin A (r=⁣0.76), proportion of grain-derived energy (r=⁣0.92), cereals and grain products (r=⁣0.91) showed negative associations with prostate cancer mortality (p value for all variables above-cited: <0.001). This study suggests that the prostate cancer is increasing in Korea. This increase seems more associated with an increased intake of foods of animal origin including diary products, than plants foods.

Keywords: Prostatic neoplasms, Diet, Mortality

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