Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among men, and like most cancers, many of its most significant risk factors are ones that cannot be changed—factors like age, gender, family health history, and even where you live or work. However, one change you can make is how you eat.

Nutrition for Prostate Health

A diet that is good for your prostate health is, generally, just a healthy diet. It’s the way we should be eating every day. Foods to avoid include burgers, sausage, bacon, hot dogs, pork, beef, and lunch meat, which have been linked to prostate cancer risk. Instead, try making these substitutions:

  • Lean meat instead of red or processed meat

While additional research is needed to determine if ingredients and nutrients like lycopene (found in tomatoes and tomato products) and soy can reduce your prostate cancer risk, making the above changes will help you manage your risk for prostate cancer and improve your overall health.

Reducing Prostate Cancer Risk

Unfortunately, there is no treatment, technology, or prevention strategy that can completely eliminate your prostate cancer risk. A prostate cancer screening is still the most effective way to detect and treat cancer in its earliest stages. A provider who knows your health habits and personal and family health history can help you determine whether or not you should be screened.

In recent years, there has been much debate over whether or not prostate cancer screenings are necessary or helpful. This is because—like some other screening tests—the results are not always accurate and may detect a form of prostate cancer that is slow-growing or does not require treatment. Beginning at age 50 (when your prostate cancer risk begins to increase), men should talk to their doctor about whether a prostate screening test is recommended or necessary.

Additional Tips

  • A healthy diet makes sense in general, so try to limit unhealthy foods like donuts.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain overall health.

Remember that if you have slow-growing Gleason 6 “cancer,” it won’t be cancer that gets you in the end.
If you have questions about prostate cancer screenings or about your prostate health, make time to see your healthcare provider, especially if it’s been a while since your last appointment.

 

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Byrne Today!

At Desert Sky Urology, we understand the importance of early detection and prevention in managing prostate cancer risk. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Dr. Byrne and our team will work closely with you.