Controls, early diagnosis and diet against prostate cancer

One in six men will have prostate cancer at some point in their lives, specialists reiterated yesterday, recalling that today is World Prostate Health Day, and highlighted the importance of controls, diet and early diagnosis.

“One in every 6 men will have prostate cancer at some point in their life,” taking into account the aging population, said Carlos Silva, clinical oncologist and coordinator of the psychosocial area of ​​Liga Argentina de Lucha Contra El Cáncer (Lalcec).

“40% of men over 50 years of age will suffer from prostate diseases at some point, and that percentage increases over time, reaching 80-90% at 80 years of age,” added Gonzalo Vitagliano, head of the area of Oncology of the German Hospital.

This percentage, in turn, increases over time, reaching a figure between 80 and 90 percent at 80 years of age.

Prostate cancer (CAP) is the most common visceral tumor in man and was the second leading cause of death in those over 50 until the end of the 20th century, a situation that was reversed thanks to early diagnosis.

Currently, it is the third leading cause of death after lung and colorectal cancer.


In this sense, the specialists highlighted the importance of awareness about prevention.

On the one hand, starting with primary prevention, which is “having healthy habits”, which includes physical activity and a balanced diet.

In fact, Vitagliano recommended following a diet that includes vegetables from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower) and vegetables rich in omega-3s.

Also, foods rich in vitamin E (vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, wheat germ and whole grains); in fiber, such as whole grains; in lycopene (tomato, pink grapefruit and watermelon); or in selenium, such as nuts, shellfish, fish, wheat bran, wheat germ, oats, and brown rice.

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