Can any foods lower my risk of prostate cancer?

Until very recently, experts thought that eating certain foods probably lowered the risk of prostate cancer. These included:

  • Foods containing lycopene – including tomatoes and some other red fruits and vegetables
  • Foods containing selenium – including Brazil nuts, fish, seafood, liver and kidney.

Some studies have also suggested that other foods might help to lower risk, including:

  • Pulses – including beans, peas, lentils, soya foods
  • Foods containing vitamin E – including vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.

But experts at the World Cancer Research Fund recently looked at the results of lots of different studies, and are now less certain about the links between these foods and prostate cancer risk. They now say there isn’t enough evidence to say whether or not any individual foods reduce the risk of prostate cancer. However, you may be able to lower your risk by choosing a healthy diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables and a wide range of other healthy foods.

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