After the World Health Organization (WHO) linked eating red meat to prostate cancer earlier this week, it seems like a perfect time to explore more known risk factors for this disease.
The WHO grabbed headlines by reporting processed meats (like hot dogs and bacon) can raise your risk of cancer. Researchers in this study also made news by pointing out a link between eating too much red meat and your prostate cancer risk.
There is no known way to prevent prostate cancer. However, there are lifestyle choices you can make that can improve your overall health and help you avoid prostate cancer.
Cutting calories, fat and refined sugar and increasing intake of fruits and vegetables can decrease your risk. Exercise can also decrease the risk. Obesity is linked to increased risk for death from prostate cancer. Losing weight and keeping it off decreases your risk for death from prostate cancer. Be sure to not smoke, because prostate cancer risk may double for heavy smokers.
Other risk factors for Prostate Cancer include age, ethnicity, and family history. For more information visit What Causes Prostate Cancer.
Read more about the WHO Study on Processed and Red Meats.