Prevention and Screening
for prostate cancer is important, but that’s not enough to help you prevent it. You need to also take a
number of preventive measures that could help prevent the cancer, the most common type of malignant tumor in
men. Among environmental factors, diet may play a particularly important role in its incidence, progression,
and prognosis (survival). The very foods you eat can help you prevent not only prostate cancer but also many
other so-called incurable diseases of our time.
Prostate cancer is a
serious health concern worldwide. In the US, It is estimated that about 220,800 men will be diagnosed with
prostate cancer this year 2015, causing the death of about 27,540 individuals. The tumor is a silent killer.
It can spend years progressing in your body without knowing it. There is treatment, but the chance for cure
is very slim. The best option is to prevent it before it occurs. However, there is no unique or accurate
prostate cancer prevention; there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Prostate cancer warning
signs and Symptoms
Prostate cancer is
asymptomatic, at least initially. At an early stage, it causes no warning signs or symptoms. In advanced
stages, however, common indications include difficulty urinating and pain during orgasm. But these symptoms can be caused by non-cancerous conditions such as benign
prostate problem (BPH). Therefore, the best defense is screening for early detection for an early treatment
and better diagnosis.
It is important to note
that new studies reveal prostate cancer screening may outweigh the benefits. Please see screening for
prostate cancer for more information.
Treatment for early
prostate cancer, which often includes surgery and/or radiotherapy, usually leads to good results; but
prevention is much more better. Regardless your age and race, it is important to adopt a balanced diet and
live a healthy lifestyle. All good prostate cancer prevention methods include quit smoking. Regular safe sex (ejaculation more than five times per week) is also found
to help reduce the risk of the disease. Please see sex and prostate cancer for more information.
Some Prostate Cancer
A diet rich in vegetables
and fruits, and low in saturated and animal fats, is shown to prevent the incidence and progression of
prostate cancer cells, according to a research conducted by Susan Berkow of George Mason University, College
of Health and Human Services, Fairfax, VA. in 2007. The researcher reviewed 17 studies involving
nutrition. “We concluded that a plant-based diet is probably a
prudent choice,” says Berkow. So, add cruciferous vegetables and fruits on your list of your prostate cancer
Green foods that show to
provide more benefits are cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
Other foods that also work as good prostate cancer prevention include certain minerals, such as Selenium and
zinc are also excellent. In addition, it is important to consume wild salmon, for its omega-3 oil; tomatoes,
it is a good source of Lycopene; and oilseeds and nuts, such as walnuts, pumpkin
In a study on preventive
effects of selenium and vitamin E on prostate cancer, conducted at Harvard University on 33,000, aged 40 to
75 years, for 6 years, researchers found a lower risk of advanced stages prostate cancer among men who had
the highest selenium levels (65%) than those whose rate was the lowest.
Men with normal weight
also have lower risk of developing the cancer. In a study published on Cancer Causes & Control, a
peer-reviewed medical journal published by Springer, it was found a 45% lower risk of suffering from this
cancer among men who are physically active than those who are not. The study also demonstrated a higher risk
of relapse after radiation therapy among obese men. There are many studies that show the importance of
regular physical exercise and cancer prevention.
1) Diet and survival after
prostate cancer diagnosis
Berkow SE1, Barnard ND,
Saxe GA, Ankerberg-Nobis T.
PMID: 17958206 [PubMed -
indexed for MEDLINE]
2) Diet and Survival After
Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Susan E. Berkow, PhD, CNS,
Neal D. Barnard, MD, Gordon A. Saxe, MD, PhD,