Broccoli reduces prostate cancer risk

Eating plenty of broccoli and cauliflower may reduce the need for prostate cancer treatment, researchers have said.

A study involving 1,300 men found that greater consumption of dark green vegetables such as broccoli was associated with a decreased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

Men who ate a weekly serving of cauliflower demonstrated a 52 per cent reduced risk of aggressive disease, while those eating a similar amount of broccoli cut their risk by 45 per cent, researchers from the US National Cancer Institute and Cancer Care Ontario found.

Nearly 32,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Britain, making it the most common male cancer.

Commenting on the study, which is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Dr Kat Arney, senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "When it comes to food, there is no one particular 'super' fruit or vegetable that will protect you from cancer.

"Experts have proven that the best way to reduce your risk of many cancers is to eat a healthy balanced diet."

Consumers are advised to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, including broccoli and cauliflower.

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