Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in the UK, the most common form of cancer in men is more likely to develop in those who are obese.
However experts also suggested men could benefit from not only losing weight, but changing their diet, according to express.co.uk.
Researchers have previously revealed nearly 70 percent of men in the UK do not know that being overweight is a risk factor for prostate cancer.
Scientists have revealed strong evidence for a link between excess body fat and an increased risk of 11 cancers — which includes cancer of the prostate.
However experts have previously linked diet with prostate cancer — with numerous studies suggesting there could be a link between eating certain vegetables and a reduced risk of the disease.
Broccoli — in particular has been hailed as a food — part of the cruciferous family — which could reduce risk of the cancer developing.
Experts have found eating one or more portions of broccoli every week can reduce the risk of developing the disease — and stop the disease becoming more aggressive in those who already have it.
Research led by Professor Richard Mitten in Norwich, and published in the Public Library of Science analyzed men who were at risk of developing prostate cancer.
Two groups ate either 400g of broccoli or 400g of peas per week in addition to their normal diet over 12 months.
Tissue samples were taken from their prostate gland before the start of the trial and after six and 12 months.
The results of the study suggested that relatively low amounts of cruciferous vegetables in the diet can have major effects on genes.
It was found that there were more changes in gene in men who were on the broccoli-rich diet than on the pea diet, by changing the cell signaling pathways which carry information to the nucleus of a cell.
A 2012 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information also examined the links between cruciferous vegetables intake and risk of prostate cancer.
Researchers from the Department of Urology in Hangzhou, China, conducted a large-scale analysis of previous studies.
Experts found there was a ‘significantly decreased prostate cancer risk’ observed among a group who ate cruciferous vegetables.
The authors concluded, “Cruciferous vegetables intake is related to the decreased risk of prostate cancer.”
However, they said, “Because of the limited number of studies, further prospective studies are needed to explore the protective effect of cruciferous vegetables on prostate cancer.”
The experts also found that the risk of bladder cancer was lower among people who eat cruciferous vegetables.
Experts have also looked into other foods, including nuts and tomatoes on the incidence of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men, and it kills more than 11,250 men each year.
date: 25 May 2017 id: 1720 source: