Approximately 1 in 7 Canadian men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, but there are ways to live your life that can help prevent prostate and other cancers.
National Cancer Institute - Prostate Cancer Prevention
Research into the prevention of prostate cancer is still in its infancy. Recently, there has been growing interest among the medical and scientific community to learn more about the causes of the disease and methods of delaying onset or even preventing onset of prostate cancer altogether.
Since the causes of prostate cancer are not currently known, there are no certain ways to prevent it. A number of clinical trials have been conducted to establish the role of pharmaceuticals, nutrients and physical activities but none have yielded significant results. There are however strategies that can improve your overall health which have been proposed to contribute to better resistance against a multitude of different cancers, including prostate cancer.
These strategies include eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular moderate exercise. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle including stress management techniques may improve overall health and wellbeing. Understanding your personal risks for cancer can also help in early detection of prostate cancer. If cancer is detected early, you may have a greater variety of treatment options available to you.
Some risk factors are known as modifiable risk factors while others are things that we cannot change through lifestyle. Below are the main risk factors for prostate cancer:
For more information on risk factors, click here.