LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new study by UCLA researchers found that men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements showed changes in their cancer tissue that may help prevent disease growth and recurrence.

Patients who followed this regiment showed lower levels of “pro-inflammatory substances” in their blood and a lower “cell cycle progression score” – a measure that is used to predict cancer recurrence – than men who ate a typical Western diet, according to the UCLA research study.

The study could help lead to preventing prostate cancers from becoming more aggressive, the study’s lead author William Aronson said. Aronson is a clinical professor of urology at UCLA and chief of urologic oncology at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The study appears in the early online edition of Cancer Prevention Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death among men in the United States. It is estimated that more than 230,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and that 29,000 will die from the disease.

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