The Best Ways to Avoid Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate Cancer Facts

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.

Exercise More

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.

Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, so many people are becoming more interested in how to prevent prostate cancer and detect it early. Most people know someone who has been affected by prostate cancer, be it a friend or member of the family.

Because of it’s prevalence, chances are that if you live to an old age you may very well be affected by prostate cancer and quite often elderly people live with prostate cancer for many years until they pass away from a different illness.

To look at avoiding prostate cancer, you must first understand the main causes of the disease. The major risk factors for prostate cancer:

  1. Age: the average age of diagnosis for prostate cancer is around 70 years old. As you grow older your risk of prostate cancer increases
  2. Family History: If you have a close relative who is afflicted by prostate cancer, your chance of having it is doubled. If your relative was diagnosed at a young age (below 55), then your chances are increased even further
  3. Race: certain races are more likely to develop prostate cancer. African Americans are the most likely to develop prostate cancer which Asian men are the lowest. If the races live in a western country, their likelihood of having prostate cancer will increase (see below)
  4. Location: the risk of prostate cancer is much higher in certain countries like the USA with American men having 8 times more chance of having prostate cancer than someone who has lived in rural Japan their whole life. There is some research indicating that inadequate vitamin D from lack of sunlight exposure also increase risk and location plays a role there as well.

Most of those risk factors appear set in stone and there isn’t much you can do about them – until you examine why these risk factors exist. Why do men in western countries suffer from prostate cancer more often? The answer is mostly because of the foods they eat. The western diet is full of foods that produce oxidative damage to the DNA, while the Asian diet is much healthier.

Let’s look at some of the things we can modify to lower these risk factors and recognise the disease in it’s early stages.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. By eating fewer calories each day and maintaining a healthy weight you will be lowering the risk of prostate cancer. Being obese will increase your risk of getting prostate cancer
  • Limit intake of red meat and dairy food. Both of these food groups have been linked to an increase risk of prostate cancer, as well as other cancers like Bowel Cancer. Eat more plants than animals.
  • Avoid trans fats like those found in many types of margarines.
  • Limit your vices. Don’t smoke and only drink alcohol in moderation
  • Don’t intake too much calcium. There is some evidence suggesting that ingesting large amounts of calcium can increase the chances of prostate cancer
  • Eat more fish. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have some role in preventing prostate cancer
  • Deal with medical problems immediately. High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and depression should all be treated immediately as they lower survival rates for prostate cancer patients
  • Don’t take too many vitamins. For many people it helps to take a few vitamins but partaking in too many can increase risk of prostate cancer. Eating a better diet can make vitamins unnecessary
  • Relax and enjoy yourself. Sounds like a good idea right? You can actually lower your risk of getting cancer if you lead a lower stress life combined with a healthy diet
  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet. This is the most important point – eat a diverse diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and healthy oils
  • Have regular checkups, especially if you are have a higher risk factor. If you are African American or have a family history, you should be more vigilant in have your prostate checked for cancer. Have the PSA test and rectal examination more often if you have increased risk factors

Some studies also suggest that exercising can lower your risk of prostate cancer, but that has been rejected by other studies. In any case, exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, feel better and live longer so is highly recommended.

These tips can be used to avoid all kinds of cancer, so they won’t just help you avoid prostate cancer, but can help you avoid lung cancer, bowel cancer and heart disease.

Prostate Cancer Explained

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer


Prostate Cancer could be considered a high profile form of cancer nowadays, with most people being well aware of the condition and knowing that early detection is key. However there are still many men who ignore the condition and don’t get checked as often as they should.

Prostate cancer develops slowly and so it is one of those cancers that is not immediately noticeable. The prostate gland is a small that is located just below the bladder and is responsible for creating the seminal fluid that nourishes sperm. The prostate also has some small muscles that help expel semen during ejaculation.

Cancer that develops in the prostate grows very slowly and because of the location of the prostate, it takes a long time before it begins to spread into other parts of the body. The good news is because of that location, usually the risk of the cancer spreading aggressively is diminished. However in rare cases it has spread aggressively from the prostate to other parts of the body in some patients.

When it spreads, prostate cancer will usually metastasize in the nearby lymph nodules, seminal vessels, distant regions or in the bones.

Like many forms of cancer, early detection is key to stopping this cancer in it’s tracks. You need to catch it before it has metastasized to other parts of the body and is untreatable. Given that the cancer is the 3rd most common for men, it is an important one to look for. It affects older men so it is safe to wait until you are 50 or older before you begin testing for it on a regular basis. You will need to get tested earlier if you have a history of cancer in your family or have urinary symptoms. The urinary symptoms include difficulty going to the toilet, which can be caused by an enlarged prostate.

Certain demographics are more likely to get prostate cancer. This include men with a history of cancer, men who have been exposed to hazardous toxic materials, men who have been heavy meat eaters, men who have abused alcohol and men of African ancestry. Also men who have had sexually transmitted diseases in the past may be more likely to be affected, and men who are obese also have a greater chance of being afflicted.

Prostate cancer can now detected by looking for a Prostate Specific Antigen in the blood. So a simple blood test can identify the condition. A digital exam can also be used to determine the condition of the prostate. If your doctor has found the antigen and determined you have an enlarged prostate, you will need a prostate biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present. The key is always to get tested regularly and early if you fit the increased risk profile.