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Good diet helps keep prostate cancer at bay, experts say

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Posted at 5:27 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 20:28:11-04

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death for American men.

Only lung cancer kills more men than prostate cancer, which has had more studies into its link with diet than any other kind of cancer.

The American Cancer Society says one in 9 men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. Scary, right? Maybe not so much if you follow your doctor's advice to eat better.

That's right, one important key to fighting prostate cancer could come from your kitchen.

"In such a way that diet is important to the rest of your life in general. So prostate cancer is no different in terms of how diet impacts your life," said Dr. Preston Milburn, urologist with Baylor, Scott & White Hillcrest

Lots of vegetables, lean meats in moderation, and cutting simple carbohydates and fats can help, research shows.

Doing the opposite, gets opposite results.

"Poor diet leads to higher instance of prostate cancer. It also leads to worse prostate cancer outcomes if you do develop prostate cancer," said Dr. Milburn.

While most will push you to fresh fruits and vegetables, dietitians will tell you frozen items can often have the hidden advantage. Why?

"Frozen foods can often be more nutrient-dense than the fresh options because frozen foods are frozen at peak ripeness," Kristin Kirkpatrick, registered dietitian with The Cleveland Clinic.

But resist the American temptation to over do. Just because one helping of this cures that, does not mean ten times that will make you ten times healthier.

"People who are obese eat a high amount of red meats, drink milk, eat a lot of fat. Those are probably the biggest risk factors, modifiable risk factors at least, for aggressive prostate cancers and worse outcomes," said Milburn