Prostate Cancer is the second most common form of cancer in American men. The figures around prostate cancer are startling — according to the American Cancer Society, 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2014 and nearly 30,000 men will die from the disease. One in seven men will experience prostate cancer in their lifetime.
It mostly affects older men, with most cases occurring in men over 65. However, some men have been diagnosed as young as 40.
Because of these confronting statistics, many men are looking at how to minimize their prostate cancer risk. Here are the best 6 ways to do so.
Drink Green Tea
Eat a Healthy Diet
Diet plays an incredibly important part in maintaining your health and avoiding cancer. At it’s simplest, your diet should emphasize fruit, vegetables and fish. It should limit fats, red meat, dairy foods and processed foods.
Studies have shown that men who eat higher levels of fat have a greater risk of getting prostate cancer. This is particularly true for the fats found in meat, some oils, nuts and dairy foods.
Fat that is found in plants is much healthier and does not contribute to prostate cancer risk. The fat found in an avocado for example, does not increase your prostate cancer risk. Choose olive oil instead of butter to reduce the prostate cancer risk from fat consumption.
Studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will decrease your risk of getting prostate cancer. These foods are nutrient dense and low in fat. By eating more natural foods, you will be avoiding the chemicals found in many processed foods, further lowering cancer risk.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and certain vegetables can lower your prostate cancer risk. Certain oily fish like tuna and salmon, are higher in Omega-3s.
Drink Green Tea
Some research has shown that green tea has an anti-inflammatory function within the human body and can lower the risk of certain cancers. Research has found that people who drink large quantities of caffeinated beverages may increase their prostate cancer risk. So cut down on the coffee and black tea, and replace it with green tea.
Keep Your Weight Under Control
A major risk factor for prostate cancer is obesity. Men who have a high body mass index are more likely to get prostate cancer. By keeping your weight under control, you can also avoid other forms of cancer, including colorectal cancer.
There is strong evidence that regular exercise can lower cancer and cardiovascular disease risk. That is also true for prostate cancer, with research showing regular exercise can reduce your risk.
Drink Less Alcohol
If you have more than 2 standard drinks per day, you “may” be increasing your prostate cancer risk. Some research indicates increased risk, but the evidence is not entirely compelling. However, we do know that alcohol intake can increase the risk of colorectal, breast, liver and esophageal cancer.
Have More Sex
Some research indicates that men who have more sex have a lower risk of prostate cancer. Men who were not in monogamous relationships had a lower risk of aggressive forms of prostate cancer.