Prostate cancer is a scary reality for aging men, with more than 215,000 new cases and over 32,000 deaths in the United States in 2010, according to the National Cancer Institute. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, according to the Canadian Cancer society.
“Prostate cancer, is a cancer that forms in the prostate- the gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum”.
The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as men age, and the main risk factors include:
Over the age of 65
Family History of Prostate Cancer
Although some of the predominant risk factors of age, family history and ancestry are beyond our control.There are also ways to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Diet is considered to be the most important controllable risk factor.
Eat Less Fat –
Studies published in 2010 show that a high fat diet is directly linked to cancer of the prostate, therefore taking steps to reduce fat intake can be key in reducing risk.
By replacing higher fat meats with meat alternatives such as legumes and tofu, you can cut out a large portion of the bad fats from the diet. Using lower fat dairy products is also a good switch to help cut the fat.
Increase Fruit & Vegetables –
A 2007 study at the University of Georgia showed that a fiber found in fruits and vegetables, called pectin, destroys prostate cancer cells, by up to 40%. Yet another reason to eat more of those colourful fruits and vegetables!