You can reduce your risk of prostate cancer

It's something men think about as we get older: prostate cancer. And for good reason, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis for men today.

"That being said, a lot of men with prostate cancer will die of other causes, but still, it's the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States today," says Dr. Jonathan Wright, an oncologist with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

He says there are things that will decrease the risk of getting prostate cancer.

"Anything you can do to reduce your overall caloric intake and to try to have a healthier diet."

That means cut out the fried foods and eat more fruits and vegetables.

"A prostate healthy diet is a heart-healthy diet."

Men who exercise the most have the lowest risk of dying from prostate cancer.

"And I'm not talking about getting out and doing wind sprints every day. This is 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week."

The bottom line: men who are overweight, don't exercise and eat high-fat foods are at greater risk of getting aggressive prostate cancer... the kind that's often fatal.

For more information

Cancer.gov

Centers for Disease Control and prevention

MedlinePlus