Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?
Screening tests detect cancer’s hidden warning signs long before symptoms appear and when the disease is most treatable. Understand your screening needs and complete the cancer screening and prevention questionnaire to manage your cancer risk.
There are some risk factors for prostate cancer that you can’t change — for example, your age, your race, and any inherited gene mutations that can increase your chances of getting the disease. But you can lower your risk in some ways:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can increase your risk of developing prostate cancer, especially aggressive prostate cancer. You can use a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to find out whether you are obese. If you are, talk with your doctor about the best way to lose weight.
- Regular physical activity is important for reducing your cancer risk.
- Eat a healthy diet, with the majority of your food coming from plants (fruits, vegetables and whole grains). Limit the amount of red meat and processed meats you consume (such as bacon, deli meats, hot dogs and pepperoni). Avoid fast food, sodas and sugary treats. Find more tips on eating healthy.