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Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

article written by Dr. Gobinrajh Bajrangee

High Fat Diet

Several epidemiologic studies have shown a correlation between dietary fat and prostate cancer. Men who consume a high fat diet have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Red meat is the food with the strongest positive association. An unsaturated fatty acid, hinolenic acid also conferred a risk.


Tomatoes, especially cooked, protect against prostate cancer. Tomatoes contain lycopene which is a potent antioxidant.

Vitamin E, an antioxidant has been shown in Finnish and Swiss studies to decrease prostate cancer mortality.

Asian diets consume soy products. The incidence and mortality of prostate cancer in Asian countries is the lowest in the world. Soy contains phyto-oestrogens which have estrogenic activity. Soy products were shown to inhibit prostate cancer formation in animal models.

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