Just like the name sounds, Cancer indicates danger, irrespective of the kind of cancer being referred to. And unfortunately, it has become the most common deadly disease gradually eating deep into the lives of many, especially those above 40. Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors. These Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems and they can release hormones that alter body function. The most common type of cancer suffered by men is called the Prostrate Cancer.Prostate cancer, also known as carcinoma of the prostate, is the development of cancer in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing; however, some grow relatively fast. The cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. It may initially cause no symptoms. In later stages it can cause difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, or pain in the pelvis, back or when urinating. Among the Factors that increase the risk of prostate cancer include: older age, a family history of the disease, and race. About 99% of cases occur in those over the age of 50. Other factors that may be involved include a diet high in processed, red meat, or milk products or low in certain vegetables.However, testimonials and research have proved that foods like red tomatoes helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer to a very high extent. According to a prostrate survivor who narrated his ordeal with prostate, “I was once diagnosed of having traces of prostate cancer to the tune of 9% and was placed on some medications to help eradicate the cancerous growth since it was still at its very minimal stage and was also advised that if no improvement occurs before 3 months, then I should prepare my mind to have an operation. So I started taking the medications and after 2 months, I went back for the test and realised it had gone up to 15% despite the medication, so I was advised to opt for an operation but having lost a friend through same operation, I was sceptical about it until my brother recommended I add red raw tomatoes to my diet. I started taking tomatoes daily. When I finally went for another test, it had reduced again to about 5 % or so, I continued with the tomato diet until there was no traces of it again my system”. The man aged 52 years old narrated his experience although he affirmed it was not a medical advice for him to take the tomato but a suggestion from a brother that turned out to save his life. Tomatoes are often considered a vegetable, though in actuality they are a citrus fruit. Tomatoes are an incredibly versatile food. They are delicious eaten raw, in salads or on sandwiches, and take on a wonderful sweetness when cooked. One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fibre, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 percent of the RDA of iron, and 1 percent of the RDA of calcium.Numerous studies have concluded that the more tomatoes people eat the lower their risks of certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate cancers. A substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is thought to be the reason for this cancer protective effect.
According to American Cancer Society, “Lycopene is an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits and vegetables their color and People who have diets rich in tomatoes, which contain lycopene, appear in some studies to have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, especially cancers of the prostate, lung, and stomach.
A major claim for lycopene’s benefits is in the prevention and treatment of cancers of the lung, prostate, stomach, bladder, cervix, skin, and, especially, prostate. In support of these claims regarding cancer, proponents note that lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, a compound that blocks the action of free radicals, activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells, and that several scientific studies have found lower risk of cancer among people who eat lycopene-rich foods. Tomatoes are the most concentrated food source of lycopene, although apricots, guava, watermelon, papaya, and pink grapefruit are also significant sources. Studies that looked at lycopene levels in the blood found that levels were higher after people ate cooked tomatoes than after they ate raw tomatoes or drank tomato juice. This suggests that lycopene in cooked tomato products such as tomato sauce or paste may be more readily absorbed by the body than lycopene in raw tomatoes. Eating lycopene-rich vegetables and fruits together with a small amount of oil or fat (for example, salad oil or cheese on pizza) increase the amount of lycopene absorbed by the intestines. Lycopene is also available in soft-gel capsule and liquid supplements. Dosages vary according to manufacturer”.