- Posted by jdavis on August 31, 2011
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It is also the most over-treated.
You may be able to lower your risk of getting or dying from prostate cancer:
- 65% – by taking selenium. A 200mcg daily supplement reduced the incidence of prostate cancer by approximately 65%.
- 45% – if you eat tomato products, which are rich in lycopenes. One study found that a man eating 10 or more tomato products weekly had a 45% lower risk.
- 40% – by adding Omega-3 fats to your diet. Try for 2-3 servings weekly of cold-water fish such as salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel and halibut.
- 35% – by adding soy. Japanese men, who eat far more soy than US men, run a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer.
- 33% – by taking vitamin E. One study indicates that 400 IU of vitamin E each day lowers the risk of prostate cancer by approximately one-third.
Determining if you are high risk: You are at high risk of developing prostate cancer if you have a close relative (brother or father) who has had prostate cancer. You are also at a higher risk if you have been diagnosed with mutations of the BRAC1 and BRAC2 genes. Age increases your risk; more than 70% of prostate cancers are diagnosed after the age of 65. If you are of African-American descent, you also have a higher risk for prostate cancer. Annual screenings by a doctor are recommended for all high-risk males.
But know this: routine screening is controversial. Screening programs have not been shown to prevent deaths from prostate cancer. Cancer Recovery Foundation recommends an annual DRE and PSA for Caucasian men starting at age 50. African-Americans should start at age 40.