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Prostate Cancer Plain and Simple

A little effort can go a long way in preventing prostate cancer.

By Taren Fujimoto

Each year, more than 234,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer. If caught and treated in its early stages, prostate cancer has a cure rate of over 90 percent.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation's web site (www.prostatecancerfoundation.org) contains valuable information about the disease, including detection and screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

Although age and genetics usually determine who is at risk for the disease, diet and lifestyle changes may make a difference. The site cites at least two servings of tomato sauce a week and at least five servings of cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, cabbage and kale as factors in significantly decreasing the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Vitamin A (found in foods like apricots, lettuce and spinach) and vitamin B6 (found in foods like fortified cereals, chickpeas and nuts) are known to balance cell growth and death, particularly cancerous cells. A reduction of red meat can also aid in the prevention of prostate cancer.

The site also contains the latest prostate cancer news, a glossary of key terms, and a list of useful resources.


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