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Prostate cancer has always been a health concern among men. While there have been cases where the condition has been successfully treated, there are cases where some have passed on. From data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) some years back, prostate cancer took second position when ranking the most popular cancers amongst men. The first position was taken by lung/bronchial cancer.

If your prostate grand has any form of growth, it is time to seek for medical attention – it is one the signs that one has prostate cancer. When the growth develops, it leads to rapid cells replication which lead to the development of mutated genes. According to the American Cancer Society, around 5-10% of cases prostate cancer are as a result of inheritance and the rest result from environmental factors. This kind of cancer develops when there is an increase of certain hormones. Certain endocrine-interrupting compounds are behind the increase. Examples of endocrine disruptors include: fire retardants, dioxin, arsenic, mercury, and lead.

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Though most prostate cancer cases are treatable, it can be fatal when it spreads rapidly. Most cases of this disease have been reported in developed countries and there is an assumption that it is associated with the western culture. It is a reflection of the diet and lifestyle that most people adopt.

If you take foods rich in selenium, lycopene and calcium, you will reduce chances of getting prostate cancer – according to a study done by the Medical Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Lycopene is a pigmentation found in vegetables and fruits and is mostly responsible for their red color. Since it has antioxidant properties, it can fight DNA and cells damage. Foods known to have this compound include: red cabbage, carrots, grapefruit, watermelon and tomatoes.

According to one research, met who take ten portions of tomato juice and tomatoes reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer by 18%. Though the trials of this research are still one, it is important to observe a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits.

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