Prostate cancer prevention: What you can do
Your odds of prostate cancer prevention may be increased by exercising and eating a low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish. Maintaining a healthy weight also can help.
There's no sure way to prevent prostate cancer - but you can make diet and lifestyle choices that might aid in prostate cancer prevention.
While any man can get prostate cancer, it's most common in older men, in men with a family history of prostate cancer and in black men. Although age, genetics and race are factors you can't change, there are some factors you can control that may enhance prostate cancer prevention.
Prostate cancer is complicated, and researchers are still trying to understand its causes and determine which prostate cancer prevention strategies are safe and most effective.
Following these guidelines may help lower your risk of prostate cancer. These steps may also help prevent other cancers and health conditions such as heart disease.
Nutrition and preventing prostate cancer
So far, research does not support definite nutritional guidelines for prostate cancer prevention. However, you can reasonably act on these suggestions:
Experts are still studying other foods to see whether they help prevent prostate cancer. While the verdict's still out, eating more of these foods probably won't hurt - and may help prevent cancer and other health problems:
Obesity and prostate cancer
Researchers have not established a direct link between obesity and incidence of prostate cancer. However, obesity might affect levels of hormones related to prostate cancer risk. It may also increase the risk of dying of prostate cancer.
Strategies for preventing obesity include: