One diet found to slow prostate cancer as new test provides hope

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A diet high in some key foods could halve the rate of progression of prostate cancer, according to a recent study. Professor of oncology Karim Fizazi says a 20-year study has found that some foods seem to slow the spread of the killer disease - and Professor Karin says it comes as a new test makes detection of prostate cancer much easier.

A study of more than 2,000 patients followed over 20 years found cancer progressed half as fast in those who had diets rich in seeds, fruits and vegetables. Professor Fizazi said: "These results, even if they need to be confirmed, are encouraging. Moreover, numerous studies have already proven that such a diet, rich in antioxidants and with anti-inflammatory action, has a protective effect on the onset of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes."

Professor Fizazi said patients over 60 should be advised to switch to a diet rich in whole foods - to prevent both chronic diseases such as stroke and heart attack and to potentially slow the growth of any prostate cancer. Professor Fizazi was speaking as a new urine test has been able to detect prostate cancer earlier than ever before - and determine how aggressive the disease is.

He told FranceInfo: "This test has the advantage of being much more precise than the Prostate Specific Antigen blood test." He said it can find prostate cancer before it has started to grow and spread, and can find even less aggressive cancers, identifying how 'urgent' further testing and treatment are. It can provide a specific diagnosis of how developed or aggressive a prostate cancer is, meaning aggressive investigation and treatment could be avoided.

Once the urine test is in place, it could allow some patients to avoid invasive bopsy surgery. Professor Fizazi said: "Even if this test seems very promising, it requires validation on a larger scale before one day being available in our laboratories."