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Medical Edge: Link between common chemical and prostate cancer
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A study released by the UC Cancer Institute shows the first connection between a common compound and the most common cancer in men.
Researchers recently studied a common compound in many plastic bottles and cans called bisphenol A or BPA. "Prostate cancer patients have higher bisphenol A in the urine samples than those who are non- cancer patients."
Doctor Mei Ho says the main concern however was how much higher it was in younger guys diagnosed with prostate cancer, compared to what's usually found in about 9 out of ten people. "The level that we found in the cancer patient, anywhere from two point five to four fold higher than the general population."
It is important to note that this study determined that there was an association, not necessarily a direct cause and effect. She refers to it as sort of a link, and says more studies need to be done before we can draw conclusive results. In the meantime however, it is suggested if you want to lower BPA levels in your own body there are a couple common sense steps that all of us can take.
First up, eat more whole, fresh foods. "There was a study that showed that people who stopped eating a lot of processed foods and have a lot of home cooked food, their bisphenol A level much lower."
Second, you may want to opt for glass bottles of what you drink or eat and reduce canned beer and soda pop. Doctor Ho also suggests you rinse canned foods such as vegetables or beans before you cook or eat them. You can also now look for some cans and bottles that advertise BPA free.
Since BPA is also found on some dollar bills and money. If you handle these often, wash your hands or wear gloves. Finally remove plastic wraps, or don't heat plastic and eat what's underneath or inside it.
The next step now according to Doctor Ho's team is an intervention study to show if these steps might slow rates or progression of prostate cancer.