Risk reduction

When I had my first PSA test in 2010 at the age of 61, I was referred to a Professor who specialised in urology. I asked if there was anything that men could do, in terms of diet and lifestyle, to reduce the likelihood of developing prostate cancer. He said “no”.

No-one from the medical profession had advised me of any action I could take to minimise the risk of developing prostate cancer. I had heard anecdotally that consuming tomatoes may reduce the risk.

So I have sought out information and this document records my findings. Please be aware that I have no medical training, so what I write here should not be seen as advice. Rather, I hope that this information will stimulate curiosity and provide men with some dietary and lifestyle ideas which, at the least, will do no harm. Please also seek medical advice.

It now seems that there is much that men can do to reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer. Even if prostate cancer has developed, there may still be actions which will reduce the risk that the cancer will spread (metastasize) or reduce the risk of recurrence after the prostate has been removed.

Our health system has a tight focus on treatment and cure, rather than prevention. This is an attempt to broaden the focus to include prevention.

My booklet, “Managing prostate cancer risk” is available in the shop for $20.  Half of the purchase price will be donated to organisations which conduct research or support services for prostate cancer.