Prostate Cancer Risk Factors as well as comments on Prevention of Prostate Cancer are summarized on this page. Please note that not all risk factors as well as prevention suggestions are equally applicable to initial prostate cancer occurrence and to prostate cancer recurrence.
Risks Factors Include Age, Race/Ethnicity, Family History, Genes, Diet, Obesity and Chemical Exposure (Agent Orange).
ACS: Risk Factors For Prostate Cancer
CNN, Dec. 18, 2015: Environment, Lifestyle and Cancer
Johns Hopkins, January 15, 2009: Research Links Obesity and Prostate Cancer Metastases
Related: Calculate your Body Mass Index - BMI
A new risk calculator (2014) is available to calculate the probability of having a positive or negative biopsy after a PSA test.
• Limit Animal Fats (especially meat rich in omega-6,
grilled & fried food)
• Increase Fiber/Lycopene (Tomato, Cauliflower) Intake
• Add Omega-3 Fatty Fish (Salmon, Sardines, Herring)
• Avoid too much Calcium
• Check Vitamin D3 Level (add supplements)
• Exercise, 4-5 times a week
Check with your doctor/nutritionist!
Prevention of prostate cancer is strongly related to living healthy. Prostate cancer cannot be be prevented, but you can lower your chances of getting the disease - and of lowering your risk of recurrence once you were treated.
See also articles in our Archived News (Diet and General Health)
ACS: Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?
Prostate Cancer Foundation: Prevention
WebMD, December 22, 2008: Is There a Prostate Cancer Diet?
Prostate Cancer Diet (by Deana L. Cox, RD, LD, CNSC)
Cancer Foundation for Life (CFFL) is offering a free individualized fitness program (FitSTEPS) for cancer survivors. CFFL currently has 8 locations in the Dallas/Plano area.
Pro's and Con's:
Just as treatment options undergo constant refinements, the knowledge on risk factors and prevention is evolving as well. Data are based on years of studies or trials and will, subsequently, be occasionally revised.
Natl. Cancer Institute (NCI): Selenium and Vitamin E (SELECT Trial)
Mega Multivitamins and Prostate Cancer
Pomegranate and Prostate Cancer (see also Mixed Opinions on bottom of page)