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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie Limited; Original edition (25 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906868042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906868048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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World-wide, there are 670,000 diagnoses of prostate cancer every year yet, until now, there has been little or no specific dietary guidance for men at risk of the condition or its spread. As an active researcher in the prostate-cancer field, I knew that there was evidence in the literature from human studies that some foods or nutrients could affect disease risk and felt that such information should be made available to men that might be affected. I therefore initiated a project whereby two of my final-year nutrition/dietetic students researched the evidence published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature for a link between foods or nutrients and prostate cancer. This led to our drawing up of a set of evidence-based guidelines for men that might help reduce the risk or spread of prostate cancer: in fact my students produced an excellent small cookbook based on their research findings. The interest among our friends and family in this small book was such that after the girls graduated, we decided to approach the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) with the idea of developing the book into something that could be more useful to affected men and their families. Luckily the PCRF enthusiastically embraced the idea and generously financed us to further explore the research findings and translate them into real recipes incorporating those foods. We persuaded a publisher well-known for producing cookbooks incorporating `healthy-eating' principles (Kyle Cathie) to have faith in our idea and so the Prostate Care Cookbook was underway.



For each food or food component identified, we endeavoured to establish the quantity required in the diet for an effect to be seen. Based on this, we then selected recipes that were rich in the foods and nutrients believed to be beneficial for prostate cancer for inclusion in the Cookbook. We had co-operation form some notable celebrity chefs who provided recipes based on our guidelines. For each recipe, we have indicated which beneficial foods or nutrients are well represented in that dish. For further information, the approximate calorie, fat and saturated fat content of each portion has also been included.



As far as we know, this is the first book that clearly lays out the evidence base for the recipes included in a cookbook that is geared to improving health and decreasing risk. Those reading the introductory section of some 50 pages will soon understand the principles upon which the choice of foods and recipes is based. This will enable them readily to adapt their diet based on the principles laid out in the book. Since the book was published in the UK (June 2009), I have had an overwhelming positive response from interested men, both in the UK and elsewhere.



In addition to the potential physical benefits of changing the diet, using this recipe book may have psychological benefits. Consciously making changes to diet and lifestyle is associated with a positive, optimistic attitude and a feeling of being in control. This has long been known to improve the immune system and can therefore have a direct effect on how disease progresses. We hope that this book will empower many men and their families to be active participants in their own health outcome.

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Professor Margaret Rayman has a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College. She is now Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey and directs the highly respected MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine. Her research centres on the importance of selenium to human health, particularly prostate cancer. She has obtained funding to carry out trials of selenium in localised prostate cancer and the pregnancy disease pre-eclampsia. She has published widely, including a paper in Cancer Research that showed a link between prostate cancer risk and selenoprotein genotype. She has been a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards and sits as a magistrate in Surrey.

Kay Dilley graduated from the University of Surrey in 2008 with a BSc 1st Class Honours degree in Nutrition. She has first hand experience of running intervention studies and completing dietary analyses. While researching how food can affect health and disease risk she developed a specific interest in prostate cancer. Kay is grateful for the opportunity to work with Professor Margaret Rayman and Kay Gibbons on this book which she hopes has the potential to improve men's health. She believes that nutrition can empower people to take control of their own life and health.

Kay Gibbons, a registered dietitian, is married with two children and returned to education as a mature student. Three years after securing a place on the highly regarded BSc Hons degree course in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Surrey, Guildford, she was delighted to be under the supervision of Professor Margaret Rayman and working alongside Kay Dilley for her final year project. The project, which started as a review of the scientific research on prostate cancer and diet, has developed into the current Prostate Care Cookbook.

Professor Margaret Rayman has a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College. She is now Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey and directs the highly respected MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine. Her research centres on the importance of selenium to human health, particularly prostate cancer. She has obtained funding to carry out trials of selenium in localised prostate cancer and the pregnancy disease pre-eclampsia. She has published widely, including a paper in Cancer Research that showed a link between prostate cancer risk and selenoprotein genotype. She has been a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards and sits as a magistrate in Surrey.


Kay Dilley graduated from the University of Surrey in 2008 with a BSc 1st Class Honours degree in Nutrition. She has first hand experience of running intervention studies and completing dietary analyses. While researching how food can affect health and disease risk she developed a specific interest in prostate cancer. Kay is grateful for the opportunity to work with Professor Margaret Rayman and Kay Gibbons on this book which she hopes has the potential to improve men's health. She believes that nutrition can empower people to take control of their own life and health.


Kay Gibbons, a registered dietitian, is married with two children and returned to education as a mature student. Three years after securing a place on the highly regarded BSc Hons degree course in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Surrey, Guildford, she was delighted to be under the supervision of Professor Margaret Rayman and working alongside Kay Dilley for her final year project. The project, which started as a review of the scientific research on prostate cancer and diet, has developed into the current Prostate Care Cookbook.


Margaret Rayman BSc DPhil (Oxon) RPHNutr
Professor of Nutritional Medicine
University of Surrey


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I bought it principally for its advice on which food are best to eat to counter the development of prostate, and how to prepare them. At worst the advice will be harmless and at best extremely beneficial
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By John Dempster on 8 April 2013
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It details which foods will be helpful and why based on thorough research and experience. There are also useful recipes to help implement the recommendations.
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mostly anti-cancer, not hyperplasia 19 Mar. 2012
By Scott Rae - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have cancer of the prostate and want to slow its progress or you would like to reduce your chances of getting cancer of the prostate, this is worthwhile purchase. Although my favorite book regarding diet and cancer is Richard Beliveau's Foods to Fight Cancer, Healthy Eating for Prostate care has several items of information that Beliveau's book doesn't...and it has recipes. Actually, unless you are really strapped for cash, I would recommend purchasing both books and maybe even a couple of others because, for some reason, not all the information regarding diet and cancer gets equal treatment from one book to another. For instance, green tea is more beneficial if some lemon is added to make it slightly acidic. I found this in only one book. Likewise, tomatoes and broccoli work better together.
I just received this book and have yet to try the recipes, but most of the ingredients are easy to come by and the number of ingredients in each recipe is not overly large. Actual sources for the recipes are listed. Some of the recipes have not been modified, but others have been adapted form existing recipes [to make them more healthful I suppose].
A complaint I do have is that the analysis of the recipes is limited to three things: Calories, grams of fat and grams of saturated fat per serving. There is no mention of protein, carbohydrate, or sugar.
Forty plus of the 176 pages discuss the various foods that should enhance prostate health. With each food or food group there is an explanation of how particular compounds in the foods work as anti-cancer agents.
At times there have been studies with seemingly conflicting conclusions. These are mentioned rather frequently in the book rather than just using the results from one study. The reader may have to make up his own mind or do more research. This is a fact of life because although there is definitely interest in the subject of diet and cancer and there are lots of correlations that strongly suggest diet has roles both in causing and in preventing or slowing cancer. Actual double-blind controlled studies with human subjects are few and far between because of the cost of doing such studies and lack of profit to finance them.
There is a two-page glossary and an index which could have been bigger and better.
If you do purchase an anti-cancer book and want to learn more, I would suggest taking a term such as "phytanic acid" -- it's on page 44, but not in the index-- and adding "cancer" and "NIH" to make up the search string "phytanic adcid cancer NIH".
The reason I didn't give this five stars is the missing protein component for the recipes. There was plenty of room and diet analysis programs are pretty common.
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Prostate Cancer Patient 14 Jan. 2013
By Lynn Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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Valuable info but different approach to certain foods than other books. Each book on this subject has different key points which makes reading them worthwhile
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You'll be peeing like a champ in no time! 17 May 2013
By Ceska - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice cookbook. Explains foods to stay away from and others that are beneficial for prostate health. Delicious and simple recipes for every meal, and snacks too!
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love this cookbook 26 Dec. 2013
By stacey allam - Published on Amazon.com
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all the recipes are delicious and easy to prepare I would recommend this product to anyone trying to eat healthier
Great book! Read it through a number of times ... 19 July 2014
By Spencer Marker - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book! Read it through a number of times and it is easy to apply to your diet. Very clear and straight forward
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