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A compound known as sulforaphane which is found in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts may be useful in preventing or slowing down prostate cancer. Prostate cancer: could you be at risk? According to a report on News18.com, researchers at Oregon University found sulforaphane was able to target long, non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in human cancer cells and slow down the rate of growth. IncRNAs are present in many cancers, but when one particular strain (LINC01116) present in prostate cancer was treated with sulforaphane, it led to a fourfold reduction in the cancer cells' ability to grow and form colonies. Researchers are hopeful sulforaphane could be used as a possible treatment for cancer to slow down the progression of the disease and stop it from spreading. Ten tips to reduce your cancer risk.