Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death in men. About 1 in 34 men will die from prostate cancer.
Risk factors include:
According to the American Cancer Society, having a father or brother (brother more than father) with prostate cancer more than doubles ones risk. It is even higher when there are multiple family members.
Age and Race
Risks greatly increase after the age of 40 in African American men and men who have a family history of prostate cancer and after the age of 50 in white men with no family history. It is rare in men under the age of 40. About 2/3 of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are 65 years old or older. Prostate cancer affects African American men more than white or Hispanic men and it is more deadly in African American men.
Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer
The following can help lower ones risk of developing prostate cancer:
According to 21 studies (combined) published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, men who ate the most raw tomatoes had an 11% reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer. Those who ate the most cooked tomatoes had a 19% reduction.
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, can help prevent prostate cancer. According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who ate cruciferous vegetables once a week or more were 40% less likely to get prostate cancer than those who rarely ate cruciferous vegetables.
Men with high levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had lower rates of prostate cancer whereas men with high levels of omega 6 fatty acids in their blood had higher rates. Men with high levels of trans fatty acids in their blood (particularly from hydrogenated oils) had an increase risk of getting prostate cancer. [1-2]
Green tea, red wine, soy protein, stinging nettle, and saw palmetto may also help prevent prostate cancer.
-  Prostate Cancer and Nutrition
-  Proc. Amer. Assoc. Cancer Res., Volume 47, 2006
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