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Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in males and the fourth most common type overall, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. A reported 1.3 million new cases of prostate cancer occurred worldwide in 2018.

Previous research found that dietary fat in the typical Western diet can help prostate cancer tumors spread. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that a high fat diet and increased exposure to PFAS can speed up the development of prostate tumors.

The findings appear in the journal Nutrients.

What Are PFAS?

PFAS are a wide group of human-made chemicals specially designed to resist grease, oil, water, and heat. Manufacturers usually use a combination of these chemicals as a stain-repellant coating on food packaging and cooking equipment. PFAS can sometimes be present in:

  • nonstick coatings on pots and pans
  • fast food wrappers and containers
  • stain- and water-resistant carpeting and other fabrics
  • firefighting foam and heat-resistant protective gear
  • paints and sealants

PFAS — nicknamed forever chemicalsTrusted Source because they do not decompose — can potentially contaminate the surrounding soil and water when people discard them. This contamination can put people at risk of PFAS exposure. A study last year found that PFAS may contaminate the drinking water of 200 million people in the United States.

People can get exposure to PFAS by:

  • drinking contaminated water
  • eating fish that were living in contaminated water
  • eating food covered in paper and other packaging containing PFAS
  • coming into contact with contaminated soil or dust

PFAS occupational hazards exist for those involved in the making of PFAS-containing products, as well as firefighters exposed to PFAS in their protective gear and firefighting foam.”…