Diet and Risk of Prostate Cancer

While diet has not been established as a definitive risk factor, multiple lines of evidence suggest that diet may be a risk factor for prostate cancer.    There is limited evidence that soy based diet can lower the risk of prostate cancer by 26%.43-44 One potential mechanism is via inhibition of 5-a reductase, similar to the effect of 5-a reductase inhibitors on prostate cancer risk.


A number of nutritional supplements have been investigated for the potential to lower incidence of prostate cancer. The SELECT trial revealed that selenium and Vitamin E oral supplements have no benefit on the incidence of prostate cancer.  However laboratory and some clinical data suggests that healthy diet can lower the chances of cancer recurrence after definitive treatment of prostate cancer.

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger works in collaboration with nutritionists and you to optimize your prostate cancer care.  Make an appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger, a fellowship-trained urologic oncologist specializing in treatment of early as well as advanced and metastatic prostate cancer.


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