Men who eat more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with 35,000 new cases and around 10,000 deaths in the UK every year.

Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford examined the diets and lifestyles of men, with and without the disease, aged between 50 and 69. In the first work of its kind, they developed a prostate cancer ‘dietary index’, comprising of dietary components that have been linked to prostate cancer.

Men with optimal intake of the three components – selenium, calcium and foods rich in lycopene – were found to have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

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