Diet may affect prostate cancer risk

Researchers have linked certain foods to prostate cancer risk—and a man’s risk of dying prematurely from the disease. This is leading some clinicians to suggest men turn to nutrition to help prevent and manage prostate cancer.

“The focus has changed from, ‘Let’s treat this cancer’ to, ‘Let’s treat the cancer in the context of the person as a whole,’” Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a February 25, 2019 U.S. News and World Report article.

Here are a few of the foods that researchers say may help prevent or manage prostate cancer:

  • Tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Soy
  • Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli
  • Salmon

And what foods may be bad for prostate cancer? Research has linked high consumption of red meat and processed meat to increased risk of prostate cancer and prostate cancer mortality.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article: The Best (and Worst) Foods for Prostate Cancer

Learn more

Western diet may increase risk of death after prostate cancer diagnosis (Harvard Chan School news)

WHO report says eating processed meat is carcinogenic: Understanding the findings (Harvard Chan School’s The Nutrition Source)