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Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?

While the exact cause and causes of prostate cancer are not known there are some things you can do that may lower your risk.

Studies suggest that men who get regular physical activity have a slightly lower risk of prostate cancer. There is some evidence that vigorous activity may have a greater effect, especially on the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer. If you are of African descent it may be more important for you to be proactive with diet and exercise. Statistically you may be in a greater danger of developing this disease.

Several studies advocate that diets high in certain vegetables (including tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, soy, beans, and other legumes) or fish may be linked with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Although not all studies agree, several have found a higher risk of prostate cancer in men whose diets are high in calcium.

For now, the best advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer is to:

  • Eat at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day
  • Be physically active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Reduce the amount of red meat in your diet
  • Limit the amount of calcium in your diet

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