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Prostate Cancer: Dairy Products

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of a potential link between dairy diets and prostate cancer.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There has not been a specific assessment of any association between dairy product consumption and prostate cancer. However, dairy products are one of the main contributors to saturated fat intakes in adults. In 2019, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published their review of the evidence on saturated fats and health. SACN concluded that there was no association between saturated fat intake and prostate cancer. The review is available to view at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/saturated-fats-and-health-sacn-report

International consideration of any association between prostate cancer and dairy products has concluded that the evidence is limited.

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