Prevention of Prostate Cancer
Unfortunately, risk factors for prostate cancer, such as age, race, and family history, cannot be prevented or modified. However, you can mitigate your risk of developing prostate cancer (and all cancers) by eating a nutritious, balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle.
The American Cancer Society recommends eating a variety of healthful foods, with an emphasis on eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. It is also wise to limit your intake of red meats, especially those high in fat or processed. Bread, cereals, grain products, rice, pasta and beans are also recommended.
Certain vitamins found in fruits and vegetables, such as lycopenes, contain antioxidants that help prevent damage to DNA and may help lower prostate cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society. Select clinical trials are looking at the role of selenium and vitamin E in the prevention of prostate cancer, and although such vitamins are recommended, concerns have recently been raised about excessive use of vitamin E supplements.
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