Prostate cancer is usually indiscriminate. It affects 1 in 6 men in the United States and it is critical all men over 50 receive annual screenings, which are provided at no-cost to you at Family Physicians Group.
Age, where you live, your race and your family history are all primary causes which cannot be changed, but here are 10 things
from the Prostate Cancer Foundation you can do to help lower your risk:
- Eat fewer calories or exercise more so that you maintain a healthy weight.
- Try to keep the amount of fat you get from red meat and dairy products to a minimum.
- Watch your calcium intake. Do not take supplemental doses far above the recommended daily allowance.
- Eat more fish - Evidence from several studies suggest that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because they have "good fat" particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid trans fatty acids (as is found in margarine and other foods).
- Try to incorporate cooked tomatoes that are cooked with olive oil, which has been shown to be beneficial and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower) into many of your weekly meals. Soy and green tea are also potential dietary components that may be helpful.
- Avoid smoking for many reasons. Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
- Seek medical treatment for stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression. Treating these conditions may save your life and will improve your survivorship with prostate cancer.
- What about supplements? Avoid over-supplementation with megavitamins. Too many vitamins, especially folate, may “fuel the cancer”, and while a multivitamin is not likely to be harmful, if you follow a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils you likely do not even need a multivitamin.
- Relax and enjoy life. Reducing stress in the workplace and home will improve your survivorship and lead to a longer, happier life.
- Finally, eating all of the broccoli in the world does not take away your risk of having prostate cancer right now. If you are age 50 or over, if you are age 40 or over and African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer, you need more than a good diet can guarantee. You should consider a yearly rectal examination and PSA test, and you should discuss the risks and benefits of these screening procedures with your doctor.
Get Screened for Prostate Cancer
All men over 50 years of age should talk to their doctors about being screened for prostate cancer. Preventative screenings are imperative for early detection, when cancer and disease is the most preventable. For more information call 1.866.999.3741 or schedule your appointment with FPG today.
FPG Seniors Club goers and and anyone interested in learning about prostate cancer are invited our Prostate Awareness Day event! Dates and times are different for each, club so go to the events page or see the calendar of events. There will be bingo, food and prostate health-related information.