Every three minutes, a man will hear, “You have prostate cancer.” These men include our fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. September is nationally recognized as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, aiming to raise awareness about this life-threatening disease.
Thanks to early detection and improved treatments, prostate cancer survival rates have improved significantly by reducing prostate cancer death rate by 50%. But more work still needs to be done. Education on protecting and preventing prostate cancer is essential, so no man must ever hear a diagnosis of this disease. Prostate cancer, besides skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in men. To spread the message about this potentially deadly disease and how to reduce their risk, here are basic prostate cancer facts all men should know:
Like many diseases, lifestyle habits play a role in inhibiting or promoting the development of a medical condition such as prostate cancer. While there are no guarantees, the more daily healthy habits a man practices, the greater likelihood of dodging prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is a complex disease but it does not have to take over a man’s life. Even though some risk factors such as a family history or being African American are out of a man’s control, men who focus on healthy dietary and lifestyle habits will have better odds of reducing their chance of developing it.
The earlier a man embraces a healthy lifestyle, the greater the likelihood he can either avoid prostate cancer or at least catch it in its earliest stage, vastly improving the chance of survival. Preventative steps all men should take include the following:
Certain foods do appear to have a positive role in helping to prevent prostate cancer. Millions of men have often resorted to taking multivitamins and prostate health supplements daily in hopes of prostate cancer prevention. However, foods in their natural state, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, are excellent choices and should be a man’s first choice for preventing prostate cancer.
Men should include these foods in their daily diet:
Increase physical activity
Exercise is vital for everyone, but men should remain as active as they can throughout their entire life. Increasing exercise is associated in reducing the risk of prostate cancer and the progression of it. Men should aim for at least 150 minutes each week of moderate-to-vigorous activity such as walking briskly – at least three mph – jogging, swimming, or bicycling. Men should exercise vigorously for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Men must be aware of their body mass index (BMI) number. Choosing to eat a nutritious diet and get in regular exercise are effective ways to achieve and sustain healthy body weight.
Simply put, do not smoke. It may increase the risk of prostate cancer and other cancers, heart disease, hypertension, emphysema, COPD, and other health problems. If you currently do smoke, consult with your physician on taking steps to quit.
All men should do what they can to prevent their risk of developing prostate cancer. Making small but necessary lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on whether a man may be diagnosed with it or not. Also, wives and girlfriends can influence their loved ones to be seen regularly starting at age 40 for prostate cancer screenings. Their loved ones’ life depends on it.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.