Public Health Nutrition

Nutrition and health

The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations and prostate cancer risk in the Cancer of the Prostate in Sweden (CAPS) study

Elisabeth Möllera1 c1, Carlotta Galeonea2a3, Hans-Olov Adamia1a4, Jan Adolfssona5, Therese M-L Anderssona1, Rino Belloccoa1a6, Henrik Grönberga1, Lorelei A Muccia4a7 and Katarina Bältera1

a1 Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, PO Box 281, SE-171 77, Stockholm, Sweden

a2 Department of Epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche ‘Mario Negri’, Milan, Italy

a3 Luigi Devoto Department of Occupational Health, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

a4 Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

a5 Oncological Centre, Department of Clinical Innovation and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

a6 Department of Statistics, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

a7 Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


Objective The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) aim at preventing diet-associated diseases such as cancer in the Nordic countries. We evaluated adherence to the NNR in relation to prostate cancer (PC) in Swedish men, including potential interaction with a genetic risk score and with lifestyle factors.

Design Population-based case–control study (Cancer of the Prostate in Sweden (CAPS), 2001–2002). Using data from a semi-quantitative FFQ, we created an NNR adherence score and estimated relative risks of PC by unconditional logistic regression. Individual score components were modelled separately and potential modifying effects were assessed on the multiplicative scale.

Setting Four regions in the central and northern parts of Sweden.

Subjects Incident PC patients (n 1386) and population controls (n 940), frequency-matched on age and region.

Results No overall association with PC was found, possibly due to the generally high adherence to the NNR score and its narrow distribution in the study population. Among individual NNR score components, high compared with low intakes of polyunsaturated fat were associated with an increased relative risk of localized PC. No formal interaction with genetic or lifestyle factors was observed, although in stratified analysis a positive association between the NNR and PC was suggested among men with a high genetic risk score but not among men with a medium or low genetic risk score.

Conclusions Our findings do not support an association between NNR adherence and PC. The suggestive interaction with the genetic risk score deserves further investigations in other study populations.

(Received August 23 2011)

(Revised December 22 2011)

(Accepted February 06 2012)

(Online publication March 30 2012)


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