How can I prevent prostate cancer ?

There is no specific preventive measure for prostate cancer. Some people have a higher risk like those: [1]
– Having two close relatives (eg father, grandfather, uncle) who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer;
– Having a close relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 45;
Of African or Caribbean origin.

Food could also play a role. Several epidemiological studies conducted in the 1990s [2; 3; 4] have highlighted the bad influence of a diet containing too much fat. Animal fats would be the most harmful.

Men who do not eat fish would have two to three times more risk of prostate cancer. [5]

Finally, consumption of flaxseed could slow the prostate cancer spread by decreasing the level of testosterone in the blood (testosterone is an hormone that causes progression of prostate cancer). [6]

[1] Data source : « Le Cancer de la Prostate » La Ligue contre le cancer – Septembre 2009
[2] J Natl Cancer Inst 1993;85:1571-9
[3] Lipids 1992;27:798-803
[4] J Natl Cancer Inst 1993;85:1538-40
[5] – Lancet 2001 Jun 2 ;357(9270) :1764-6
[6] – Urology 2001 Jul ;58 (1) :47-52