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JUN 3rd 2014

6 Prostate Cancer Prevention Tips For Men

JUN 3rd 2014
6 Prostate Cancer Prevention Tips For Men

Here are two good things for men to know about in June: It’s Men’s Health Month, and, National Men’s Health Week is the week leading up to Father’s Day.

In recognition of June’s male-friendly health happenings, and Father’s Day, let’s learn more about one of the most common types of cancer for menin the U.S. – prostate cancer – and some health and lifestyle tips for prostate health that can help in preventing cancer.

To start, prostate cancer is a slow-growing malignant tumor that attacks the prostate gland. According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer represents 14% of all new cancer cases diagnosed, and, as of 2011 there were more than 2.7 million men in the U.S. living with prostate cancer.

An in-depth medical report from the New York Times indicates that some of the following risk factors can be a cause for prostate cancer:

  • A family history of cancer.
  • Prostate cancer is found most often in men after age 50 while 2/3 of cases are diagnosed in men ages 65 and older.
  • Generally speaking, a Western lifestyle is commonly associated with prostate cancer as Americans have been known to smoke more and eat more high-fat foods.

To help prevent one of the most common types of cancer in men, here are 6 prostate cancer prevention tips to try adding to your diet and lifestyle:

  1. Eat more broccoli and tomatoes. The little green trees – plus other cruciferous vegetables like kale and cauliflower – contain indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that cuts down on your prostate cancer risk factors. Diets high in tomato products have also been linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer – possibly due to the antioxidant lycopene found in tomatoes.
  2. Have an overall healthy diet. Western diet “staples” like red meats and fatty foods are a bad idea for your prostate health. Fruits, vegetables and low alcohol intake (2 drinks a day at most) are the way to go.
  3. Have more sex. Frequent ejaculation may also lower your risk of prostate cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and shared here in an article from WebMD.
  4. Quit smoking. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), tobacco causesmore than a dozendifferent types of cancer, along with heart attacks, strokes and emphysema. Smoking is not worth all the risk factors. For more facts about cigarettes and tips to quit smoking, click here.
  5. Cut down on visceral fat. The fatty layer on your abdomen can produce inflammatory chemicals that raise your risk for many potential health problems as well as some common types of cancer, including prostate. Get moving and start carving away on body and visceral fat.
  6. Consider getting screened for prostate cancer. The ACS says, “There is no question that screening can help find many prostate cancers early, but there are limits to prostate cancer screening tests used today.” Talk to your doctor to learn more about the types of tests available and discuss if it is a good decision for you.  

Remember, with Father’s Day, Men’s Health Month and National Men’s Health Week all in June, it’s a great month to learn more about the risk factors of prostate cancer and start trying these tips to boost your prostate health and help prevent cancer.

And, if you’d like to read about 10 cancer-preventing foods that you can add to your diet, read our article here.

Do you know of any prostate cancer prevention tips that can help against one of the most common types of cancer in men? Please share with us in the comments below!

(Image from Let’s Talk Health Blog.)