Avoiding Prostate Cancer

After age 50 men become increasingly more likely to develop prostate cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, well over 200,000 men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer so far in 2010. While modern medicine does not have a surefire cure for the condition research has suggested some things that men can do to help avoid the disease.

Diet

We know your doctor talks about diet as a means of preventing and even treating most of the medical conditions that are out there. It appears that there is some truth to the old “you are what you eat” adage. Particular dietary choices have been shown to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, if eaten regularly over an extended period of time.

  • Tomatoes- Whether you like vine ripes or beef steaks, cooked tomatoes are believed to help men avoid prostate cancer. Tomatoes contain a nutrient called lycopene, which has been identified as being able to help prevent several types of cancer including prostate.
  • Broccoli- Have you ever heard of glucoraphanin? Medical researchers have, and it is identified as one of the nutrients in broccoli that can help your body avoid the development of cancer. Keep in mind that it has been noted that different brands/types of broccoli contain different levels of this nutrient.
  • Take supplements as needed- While nutritional supplements do provide helpful dietary additions, we advise that you get nutrients from your diet. We don’t want you to eat a chili dog and the take a multivitamin. Remember that whole grains, lean meats and fresh fruits and veggies are the foundation of a healthy body and a healthy body is less likely to be afflicted by a variety of medical issues including prostate cancer.

Prescriptions

There is not one clear-cut prescription that will help you avoid prostate cancer. Medical professionals have differing opinions of which drugs work and which do not. Discuss what is right for you with your physician and follow their advice.

One drug  is prescribed relatively frequently by some doctors as a means of helping prevent prostate cancer. Finasteride reduces the amount of DHT ( a byproduct of testosterone ) which is one factor that causes the prostate to get enlarged.

Relax

Your body is capable of handling stress but it is not a good thing. If stress piles up, your body will show signs. Sometimes the signs come in the form of being more susceptible to certain diseases.

  • Take a deep breath- Make sure that you take some time every day for yourself. Find ways to relax and stick to them, whether they be engaging in a hobby or reading a book
  • Enjoy a vacation- Nothing helps stress build up faster than constantly working. Take some time off just to enjoy yourself every once in a while.
  • Exercise- It’s definitely good for your body in general, but exercise can reduce stress. Work out some of that aggression, nervousness or whatever you are feeling on the treadmill or a bike.

As you can see, lifestyle factors are big contributors to avoiding prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about general wellness, which will pay off in the end. If you have any questions about prostate cancer visit us or call our Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at (727) 869-5498.

SOURCES
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Pointe Oncology
National Cancer Institute
The Cancer Cure Foundation
MedicineNet.com-Finasteride
Prostate Cancer Foundation

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