The relationship between Iron and Prostate cancer is moderately strong. Iron ranks 42 of 532 Prostate cancer treatments on our list.


Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system.

Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum) and atomic number 26.

Researchers have concluded:

  • Dietary iron, zinc, and calcium may play an important role in the development of lung cancer, especially among current smokers. These results need to be confirmed in large prospective studies.1
  • Since prostate cancer bone metastatic patients have high β2-M in the tumor tissue and in the secreted form, targeting β2-M with anti-β2-M Ab is a promising therapeutic agent. Additionally, inhibition of β2-M sensitizes cancer cells to clinically used therapies such as radiation by inducing iron overload and decreasing DNA repair enzymes.2

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Strength of evidence

Iron for Prostate cancer ranks in the top 51% of condition-treatment relationships we analyzed. (Higher number, stronger evidence.)

We found 4 studies on people and 15 studies on animals. Importantly, we found 0 studies that were randomized and controlled. Such studies are considered the most rigorous, and help to establish or disprove a cause-and-effect relationship between prospective treatments and conditions. So such studies may be needed.

How it compares

Here's how Iron compares to other Prostate cancer treatments we analyzed, as well as to all condition-treatment relationships:

Amount of research

The relationship between Prostate cancer and Iron has been little researched. We found at least 286 research articles on the topic. This places the volume of research in the bottom 18% of relationships we have analyzed between treatments and conditions.

Research trends

Are researchers becoming more or less interested in Iron for Prostate cancer? The pace of research appears to be increasing:

Important caveat—help improve this information

Please note that our analysis is automated and imperfect. If you have personal insight, please help improve our analysis by rating this relationship and the research supporting it. And check back regularly; we last analyzed research for this relationship on Mar 13, 2014, and are constantly updating our database and algorithms.

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