CONSULTANT urologist Dr Robert Wan has said that a vegetarian diet is best for men trying to minimise their risk of developing prostate cancer, but, convincing them to go vegan is not the easiest of tasks, so men are instead asked to reduce their intake of red meat and increase products that have proven to be beneficial to the prostate.
Diet and nutrition has been identified as one of the risk factors for prostate cancer and Dr Wan told the Jamaica Observer Friday that food is indeed a factor to be concerned about.
“… We know that people who are living in the Far East have low incidence of prostate cancer… people in, like, Japan and Taiwan, those areas,” said Dr Wan. “While people who are living in Western countries like the USA, for example, have a high incidence of prostate cancer.”
The consultant urologist said this may be attributed to genes but asserted that if Asians move to the West, which they have, they do develop a higher risk for prostate cancer while living in the West. He also said if Western fast food and Western-styled foods are moved to the Far East, “then we are beginning to see a rise in prostate cancer, so we believe that foods do play a part”.
Besides animal fat, which Dr Wan told the Sunday Observer seems to be the main problem, which most people get from red meat, especially if the meat is cooked at very high temperatures, milk is another product that seems to increase the risk for developing prostate cancer.
And though the studies are conflicting, Dr Wan said there seems to be a general consensus about some foods that seem to be helpful in the prevention and in some cases management, of prostate cancer.