3 Simple Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men, after skin cancer. As the name implies, this is cancer that occurs in the prostate. The prostate is a small gland that is shaped like a walnut, found below the bladder in men. This gland produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports the sperm through the male sexual organ.

 

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that for every 100 men above age 60, six will have prostate cancer before their 70th birthday. If you are a man reading this, you should be concerned and rightly so.

Prostate cancer may grow slowly and remain unnoticed. But in other cases, it may grow aggressively and spread rapidly thereby causing severe harm to the individual.

 

At its advanced stage, prostate cancer can produce the following symptoms:

  • Weakness in the stream of urine
  • Unease in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Erectile dysfunction

If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms or even related symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. But if not, here are three simple ways to prevent or reduce your risk of the cancer:

  1. It begins with your diet

As is necessary for your overall health, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important in maintaining prostate health. So choose a fruit and vegetable-filled diet. Eat foods rich in minerals and vitamins in order to maintain optimum health at all times.

No conclusive study of the impact of your diet on your prostate has been made yet, but it follows that a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet will improve your overall health, prostate included.

  1. Make exercising a habit

Developing the habit of regular exercise can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Some evidence has shown that men who do not exercise have higher levels of PSA, whereas men who carry out regular exercise may have a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Therefore, making a habit of exercising most days of the week will improve your overall health.

  1. Consult your doctor

As earlier suggested, if you have a high risk of prostate cancer, talk to your doctor. There are certain medications and treatments available that can help reduce your risk. Apart from diet change, some studies also suggest that taking certain drugs which are used to control prostate gland enlargement and hair loss in men such as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors as well as finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart), may help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. But some evidence shows that these drugs may actually increase your risk of getting a more serious type of prostate cancer.

Dr. Lin has made himself available here for a quick consultation at your own convenience. You may also consult your personal physician to fully understand your risk and decide the best option for you.

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4 Replies to “3 Simple Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer”

Rajitha

January 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Dear Dr. Lin,

An interesting article. Is the mental health of a person has a direct or indirect cause of a prostate cancer. When talking about physical reasons, incorrect seating positions, standing for a long time, will those may be underlying causes? I am curious to know.

Keep up the good work!

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    James Chin-Ti Lin, M.D.

    January 27, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Hi! Rajitha,
    I do appreciate your visiting and like to thank you for leaving comment and suggestion. I oblige.

    The answers to your questions are many and wide. Yet, I will cover and elaborate them as succinct as possible as follows:

    1. Like any cancers, prostate cancer is the ending manifestation of the combined effects of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, which may have been known or still unknown, or conclusive or inconclusive. Genetically, it is known more common in black population and in the members of the first degree of family. Environmentally, exposure to Agent Orange increases the risk to develop prostate cancer. As to lifestyle, fat-rich and low vitamin-D diet is linked to higher odd to develop prostate cancer.

    2. Besides the above, biologically, some subtle sex hormonal changes between male and female component seems playing an important role in prostate development.

    3. For prevention, as alluded in 1., it is reasonable to acquire calories from foods of less carbohydrate (15-20%), more protein (25-35%), and less fat (35-45%). As to more information on diets and supplements, please peruse article on How and What Should We Eat and Drink? in https://ebettercare.com/how-and-what-should-we-eat-and-drink/, and on Overlooked Tips on How to Eat in https://ebettercare.com/overlooked-tips-of-eating/.

    4. For diagnosis, treatment, and other prostate cancer related issues, go to articles listed On PSA (prostate specific antigen)/ its use, Prostate Cancer/ its Care,… in http://formefirst.com/onPSA-P-Ca.html.

    5. In addition, it is useful to explore more on Basics on Life Reality and Self-care in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html.

    6. For more comprehensive understanding, go to What is Life? To Live a Controlled, Realistic, Happy Life in https://ebettercare.com/life-live-controlled-realistic-happy-life/.

    I hope the above would not overwhelm you. Nonetheless, contact me for any further specific questions and I am ready to help anyone in the world – of course you are specially included.

    If you like what you read, share the information in this site and http://www.formefirst.com with anyone you know, care, and love so they could benefit also.

    Again, thank you for asking and commenting.

    All the best to your health, happiness, and success,

    James Chin-Ti Lin, M.D.
    Certified urologist and award-winning author

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      Rajitha

      January 27, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      It is a comprehensive answer. Thanks.

      I have seen among elderly males, expansion of prostate gland is becoming common. Doctors are reluctant to go for a surgery due to postoperative bleeding. Has this expansion known to be an initial stage of cancer?

      I am not a medical practitioner, so bear with me on my medical terminology.

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        James Chin-Ti Lin, M.D.

        January 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        Hi! Rajitha,
        The size is not correlated with the increased risk to develop prostate cancer. For more on prostate cancer, welcome to peruse articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onPSA-P-Ca.html.
        As to prostate surgery for the men having trouble to urinate, it is true that postoperative bleeding after old timely tested transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) may be a real risk but fortunately very rare under experienced hands. And nowadays laser procedure has worked so well with almost no risk of major postoperative bleeding. For more details on prostate surgery for voiding difficulty, welcome to read the post on Available Options of Surgery for Treating LUTS in http://formefirst.com/surgery-LUTS.html.

        More? Just ask with specific concerns and I can help. Best wish to your health, happiness, and success. James Chin-Ti Lin, M.D. certified urologist and award-winning author…
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