Can a healthy lifestyle reduce my risk of prostate cancer?
No one knows how to prevent prostate cancer, but a healthy lifestyle may be important.
The latest research suggests that being overweight or obese probably increases your risk of aggressive or advanced prostate cancer. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you stay a healthy weight, so these may be important for lowering your risk.
A healthy lifestyle can also improve your general wellbeing and help to prevent other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and some other cancers.
We know that men in western countries, such as the UK, are more likely to get prostate cancer than men in east Asian countries such as China and Japan. And that when Asian men move to western countries, their risk of prostate cancer increases. This may be because of the western diet, which contains less fruit, vegetables and fish, and more meat, dairy, sugar, fat and processed foods.