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Research has suggested that about one-third of the cancer deaths that occur in the U.S. each year are due to nutrition and physical activity factors, including obesity. For Americans who don't use tobacco, eating right and staying physically active are the most important ways to reduce your risk of cancer.

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles found that regular exercise and a low-fat, high-fiber diet may slow the growth of prostate cancer cells in vitro. Similarly, researchers at the University of California at San Diego found that a healthy diet combined with stress reduction lowered the rate of increase of PSA levels a measure of prostate activity in men with recurring prostate cancer.

Before starting any exercise program or making major changes to your diet, talk to your doctor. Remember to have regular check-ups with your doctor. According to the American Cancer Society, men aged 50 and older, and those over the age of 45 who are in high-risk groups, such as African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer, should have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) once every year.

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