A new research found that the risk of prostate cancer patients who have undergone hormonal treatment to contract the coronavirus is 28% less than those who received other treatments.
On September 15th, Israel and the entire world mark Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. Ahead of this day, The ICA along with the Ministry of Health, publish the most updated statistics, showing that prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer disease amongst men; the first most common type of cancer amongst Jewish men (and others), and the second most common type of cancer, after lung cancer, in Arab men.
Prof. Lital Keinan-Boker, Director of the Israel Center for Disease Control (ICDC) at the Ministry of Health reported the latest statistics as of 2017: The most updated statistic as of 2017:
Due to the complexity of data collection, the most updated statistics at the National Cancer Registry as of today refers to 2017.
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer disease amongst men in Israel. In 2017, 2,256 new cases of invasive prostate cancer were diagnosed.
As of 31.12.2017, 9,626 men living in Israel were diagnosed with invasive prostate cancer between 2013-2017: 9,092 Jewish and others and 534 Arabs.
Eyal Shani, the chef most identified with his love and usage of tomatoes in Israel, kindly agreed to join forces with the Israel Cancer Association in filming a short video in which he prepares a quick, delicious recipe for pasta with cooked tomatoes.
Shani was addressed following a new research published by the Israel Cancer association ahead of prostate cancer awareness day, in which the frequent consumption of cooked tomatoes was found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 28%. One of the reasons being that tomato is rich in lycopene, - a fat-soluble molecule mainly found in fruit and red vegetables and is responsible for their red color.
Lycopene is a strong antioxidant and has been linked in many researches with the reduction of morbidity in general, and prostate cancer in particular. It was further found that lycopene can reduce the symptoms of prostate cancer, mainly pain reduction and relief in urination.
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Israeli men; the first most prevalent in Jews and the third most prevalent after lung and colorectal cancer in Arab men.
Tomato is one of the fruits richest in lycopene (not the only one). In order to enable sufficient absorption of lycopene in the digestive system, it is important to consume the tomato after cooking it and with olive oil.
Shani: "Healthy food is meaningful only if you consume it on a highly frequent basis. As far as tomatoes, a daily consumption is recommended. Therefore, it should be a dish that can be adopted for life. My recommendation is pasta in tomato sauce, a simple recipe that takes a few minutes to prepare, and is nutritious and healthy."
Eyal Shani's recipe:
Ingredients for one portion:
Several fresh tomatoes chopped into cubes
About 1/2 a green hot pepper (depending on how spicy you want it) sliced into rings
1 large garlic clove chopped into cubes
A packet of pasta
Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's instruct8ions.
Meanwhile, chop all the ingredients.
In a large saucepan, pour a generous amount of olive oil and add the hot pepper while the oil is cold so it can absorb the spiciness and flavor of the pepper. When the oil heats up, add the garlic and 30 seconds later, the tomatoes. Season with salt and cook for a minute. The cooking time is sufficient to extract the lycopene, which, as said, is attributed to affect a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer and make it more available to the body.
Drain the cooked pasta straight from the pot into the sauce in the pan. A bit of the boiling water only enrich the sauce. Mix the pasta with the sauce in the pan, place on a plate and serve. You can garnish with a bit more olive oil on top.
Bon Appetit and to stay healthy!