HealthWACH: Foods that fight prostate cancer



Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man's prostate â?? a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. It is estimated that in the US over 200 thousand men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, of those men, close to 30 thousand will die from the disease in 2013.

Prostate cancer may not cause signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating

  • Decreased force in the stream of urine

  • Blood in the urine

  • Blood in the semen

  • Swelling in the legs

  • Discomfort in the pelvic area

  • Bone pain

Drs. Steven Clinton, Steven Schwartz, and David Francis created a potent new food product for prostate cancer prevention. Their new tomato juice-based product contains an extract of soy phytochemicals that inhibits prostate carcinogenesis in animals. At the Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, 60 men with prostate cancer have completed a clinical study of the soy-tomato juice. The investigative team is currently evaluating data from this National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded trial. Other NIH-supported clinical trials are evaluating new treatments for prostate cancer, such as molecularly targeted agents and additional vaccines.