Prostate Cancer Risk

Peter Black, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Urologist, discusses reducing prostate cancer risk.

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Peter Black, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Urologist, discusses reducing prostate cancer risk.
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Featuring Dr. Peter Black, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Duration: 1 minute, 17 seconds

One of the most common questions asked in regards to prostate cancer is what can I do to reduce my risk of getting the disease?

And, there are a lot of things that are being explored. There's good data on some things, for example, lycopenes, which are in tomatoes, may help reduce the risk.

There's a new idea that a group of medications may help, they're called 5-alpha-reductase. They affect how testosterone is metabolized in the prostate. And a couple of very new studies indicate that taking this medication may reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer, and that's something men have to talk to their general practitioner about and see if it's the right thing for them.

It's interesting, too, just recently a big study was published on looking at vitamin E and selenium and that gained some popular support as something that might prevent prostate cancer. The general thinking is that something like that can't harm, but the study actually showed that maybe it does cause harm.

There's an increased risk of prostate cancer in men getting vitamin E, and an increased risk of men getting diabetes in men taking selenium. So you have to be careful, and it's wise to take things where there's really only good evidence that it actually helps.

Presenter: Dr. Peter Black, Urologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Urologist

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