Prostate cancer cannot be prevented, but you can take measures to reduce your risk or possibly slow the disease's development.
The key to minimising your risk of prostate cancer is to report unusual symptoms to your doctor and undergo recommended tests that can help to detect prostate cancer.
Eat well: High-fat diets have been linked to prostate cancer. Therefore, limiting your intake of high-fat foods and eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and high-fibre foods may help you reduce your risk. Foods rich in lycopene, an antioxidant, also may help lower your prostate cancer risk. These foods include raw or cooked tomatoes, tomato products, grapefruit and watermelon. Garlic and some vegetables such as arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower also may help fight cancer. Other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, have been linked to lower prostate cancer risk, but studies have not found a benefit from taking supplements to create high levels of these nutrients in your body. Instead, it may be helpful to choose foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals so that you can maintain healthy levels of these nutrients in your body.
Get regular exercise: Regular exercise can help prevent a heart attack and conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. When it comes to cancer, the data is not as clear-cut, but studies indicate that regular exercise may reduce your cancer risk, including your risk of prostate cancer. Exercise has been shown to strengthen your immune system, improve circulation and digestion, speed, all of which may play a role in cancer prevention. Exercise also helps to prevent obesity, another potential risk factor for some cancers. Regular exercise may also minimise your symptoms and reduce your risk of prostate gland enlargement. Men who are physically active usually have less-severe symptoms than those who get little exercise.
See your doctor when something is not right: Don't ignore unusual symptoms or changes in your body.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Early prostate cancer often has no symptoms and can go unnoticed. Safeguard your health by talking with your doctor about recommended tests that can help with early detection and offer peace of mind.