Regular exercise and a healthy diet can play an important role in the prevention of prostate cancer. But these healthy habits have to start early.
Video transcript: What's more important I think from a lifestyle perspective is your children and your younger people because we think the whole process of cancer actually starts early on and where lifestyle changes and dietary changes have really shown to have an impact is early on as we're building our bodies in our teens, in our 20s and that's where it can make a difference. So and not to take the wind out of the sails, physical exercise is important. There is actually a study that came out published in the—I think it was JAMA or New England journal that showed that men who survive prostate cancer who exercise a certain amount—do you remember that I can't remember I think it's maybe 20 minutes of intense activity three times a week or something had better survival that those who did not. So it can make a difference, but if you're looking for big changes it's got to start early.
Video description: Surena F. Matin, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Urology at MD Anderson discusses the role diet and exercise can play on helping to prevent prostate cancer, while presenting at the 2011 Prostate Health Conference, "Protect Your Prostate: Get the Facts," September 10, 2011, Houston, Texas.
John W. Davis, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Urology at MD Anderson, chairs this educational conference for healthy men and those with prostate cancer, as well as their families. The Prostate Health Conference updates men on current issues in prostate health, prostate cancer, prevention through diet and exercise, screening, treatment, research and education.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States, and more than 192,000 cases are diagnosed each year. More than 2 million men in the United States, one man in every six, have been diagnosed with the disease.