Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of malignancies among men, second only to lung cancer. It is no secret that the risk of cancer can be reduced by consuming healthy food. But what exactly needs to be eaten and which conditions can be prevented was always a bit uncertain.
Simple humble tomatoes are known to be rich in the anti-oxidant lycopene. Anti-oxidants were long praised for their cancer-protective effect. Recent studies in the United Kingdom have confirmed that men who ate 10 or more portions of tomatoes per week reduced their chances of prostate cancer by 18%. This statistical analysis was done by following the health of 20,000 men aged between 50 and 69.
Balanced diet is a key to prevention of prostate cancer
Various prostate disorders are common in middle-aged and elderly men, causing significant concerns and discomfort. Their presence also increases the risk of cancer development in the future. The new findings show that a simple diet modification may help to substantially reduce this risk.
Although the findings are encouraging, the researchers warn against focusing on just one kind of healthy food. The link between diet and cancer is complex, and it is not yet exactly known which other factors contribute to the development or prevention of this disease. Eating a balanced diet which includes 5 portions of fruits and vegetables per day still remains the best medical advice. Following this recommendation alone can help to reduce the chances of prostate cancer by 24%. The diet should be varied since different fruits and vegetables provide different nutritional components, many of which are known to have cancer-protecting properties.
Consuming 10 portions of tomatoes per week reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 18%. Balanced diet rich of fruits and vegetables remains a key dietary advice for prevention of cancer.
- Vanessa Er, J. Athene Lane, Richard M. Martin et al. Adherence to dietary and lifestyle recommendations and prostate cancer risk in the Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment (ProtecT) trial. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.