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Concerns are being raised about the lack of awareness being promoted of the fact that vitamin D deficiency is the leading cause of prostate cancer. Vitamin D comes from direct exposure to natural sunlight. Thus, black men living in cold climates are more prone to developing prostate cancer as their dark skin block UV light. 4,300 Canadian men die annually from prostate cancer. Early detection means a better prognosis so frequent testing is essential. Risk factors include family history, ethnicity, BMI, exposure to carcinogens and aspirin use. Preventative measures include eating tomatoes which contain the antioxidant lycopene.
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About: Prostate cancer often caused by lack of exposure to natural sunlight
Date: 5 December 2004
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