One in 31 men have a life-time risk of developing prostate cancer. This is according to research undertaken by the University of California.

While the statistics may be alarming, renowned dietician and CEO of the 5-a-Day for Better Health TRUST, Jane Badham, says men can take solace in the fact that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can assist in preventing this cancer.

One fruit in particular that’s garnering much scientific interest is the humble avocado. Researchers at the University of California have found that the high levels of mono-unsaturated fats in avocados are responsible for the absorption of bioactive compounds, such as vitamin E, lutein and carotenoids, which have been shown to contribute to cancer risk reduction.

“Prostate cancer is positively associated with the way we eat and the avocado with its unique combination of carotenoids, vitamins and other phytochemicals could well have a synergistic effect against this, the most common cancer in South African men,” explains Badham.

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