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Prostate Cancer

How common is prostate cancer?

Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among U.S. men. In the U.S., about one in five men will develop prostate cancer. It is more common among older men, but it also occurs in younger men.

Should I be screened for prostate cancer?

Visit with your health-care provider to determine when you should be screened for prostate cancer. Answer these questions:

Risk FactorYesNo
I have trouble passing urine.
I have a family history of prostate cancer.
I have rectal pressure or pain.
I have a strong, frequent urge to pass urine.
I have pain in the low belly or groin, or behind the scrotum.
I am over age 55.

* Even one “Yes” indicates you could be at risk for prostate cancer. Check with your healthcare provider about your screening options.

Tips to Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer

  • Consume 5 to 6 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Consume 6 to 8 ounce equivalents of grains per day (at least half whole grains).
  • Engage in 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.
  • Limit sugar, saturated fats, processed meats and alcohol in the diet.
  • Have yearly physical examinations.


These recipes were selected because many of their ingredients are associated with reducing the risk for cancer.

Creamy Broccoli and Apple Salad
Creamy Broccoli and Apple Salad

Lean and Spicy Tacos
Lean and Spicy Tacos

Raisin Power Poppers
Raisin Power Poppers

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Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist

Jeremy Maanum, Dietetic Intern

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