Eight Measures to Help Prevent-prostate-cancer

Is it really possible to prevent-prostate-cancer? Who really knows for sure but many feel that on one level you can prevent-prostate-cancer with nutrition and exercise. My personal belief is that prostate cancer can be prevented or at least made less onerous and survivable. A more serious advanced stage of the disease can be prevented by annual screening.

Measures to Help Prevent-

  1. Don’t smoke – Among other toxic substances, tobacco smoke including second hand smoke contains cadmium. Cadmium strongly contributes to the development of cancer including prostate cancer.
  2. Modify your diet. Studies have suggested that a diet low in fats and high in fruits and vegetables decreases prostate cancer risk. Compounds called lycopenes, which are present in grapefruit, tomatoes, and watermelon, have been linked to reduced risk, as has the nutrient selenium, which is found in nuts, oranges, and wheat germ.
  3. Take supplements including a multivitamin & mineral compound, Curcumin, Pomegranate extract, and grape seed extract. Discuss all supplements with your family physician. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  
  4. Drink one to two cups of green tea per day.
  5. Eat less meat and more fish especially deep water fish rich in Omega 3 oils.
  6. Stay fit by following a consistent exercise program.
  7. Manage the stress in your life and laugh more.
  8. Insist on your annual prostate cancer screening to prevent-prostate-cancer.

There is currently some controversy on whether or not men should be screened for prostate cancer. I believe that annual screening is essential because most men with the disease have no obvious symptoms. If you wait until there are symptoms the disease is much more difficult to treat. Please don’t be talked out of annual screening. Prostate cancer is a serious and potentially deadly disease.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men age 50 should discuss screening with their physician. Men at a higher risk should begin these discussions at age 40. Being over the age of 65, African-American race, and/or a family history all increase the prospect of being diagnosed with the disease. A recent study indicates that PSA testing prevents an estimated 17,000 cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States each year.

Warning signs/symptoms

Most men will not experience any symptoms if prostate cancer is detected at its earliest stage. Some men, however, will experience symptoms that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer, including:

  • Needing to urinate frequently especially at night.
  • Difficulty in starting or holding back urine.
  • Weakened flow of urine.
  • Painful or burning sensation when urinating
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Presence of blood in urine
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back or hips

These symptoms can also indicate signal the presence of other diseases. Men who experience any of these symptoms should see their doctor to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms, which could be either Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatitis.

Although these conditions can cause similar symptoms to those of prostate cancer, there is no evidence that having BPH or Prostatitis increases the risk for developing prostate cancer.

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