Can I change my diet and lifestyle to improve my prostate health?

It is likely that certain foods have a protective effect when it comes to prostate cancer. A diet rich in vegetables (especially tomatoes), cereals and fish (and with limited research) broccoli is thought to be a useful means of reducing the risk of prostate cancer. However, there is, as yet, no definitive proof and there are still some trials ongoing into specific aspects of diet, food and cancer. It would seem that by eating a healthy, balanced diet as well as keeping yourself fit and taking exercise as a means of contributing to your general health, you can help reduce the cancer risk and assist your body’s defences.

Lycopene which is found predominantly in tomatoes (but also in some other red pigmented food), is regarded as having a beneficial effect in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

Antioxidants, which are substances in the body and in foods which have protective effects through helping to protect cells and tissue from free radicals which can attack them, can also play a role in reducing the risk of cancer. There are a number which appear beneficial in reducing the risk of prostate cancer, of which Vitamins D, E and selenium are significant ones. For further information see the diets supplements and lifestyle page or our guide to healthier lifestyle choices.