What is prostate cancer? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. The prostate is a gland found only in males. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. According to the ACS, prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and African American men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older, and it is rare in men under 40. The average age at diagnosis is about 66.
This month, this column is placing a spotlight on this disease and is serving as a clarion call to all men to educate themselves concerning this disease, learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms and see their health care professional for regular screenings and questions. If you have ever wondered ‘Can Anything Be Done to Prevent Prostate Cancer,’ the ACS answered this question as follows:
There is no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Many risk factors such as age, race and family history are beyond our control. But the ACS notes there are some things you can do that might lower your risk of prostate cancer:
Body weight, physical activity and diet
The ACS says the effects of body weight, physical activity and diet on prostate cancer risk are not clear, but there are things you can do that might lower your risk.
Some studies have found that men who are overweight may have a slightly lower risk of prostate cancer overall, but a higher risk of prostate cancers that are likely to be fatal.
Some studies have found that men who are physically active on a regular basis have a slightly lower risk of prostate cancer. Vigorous activity may have a greater effect, especially on the risk of advanced prostate cancer.
Several studies have suggested that diets high in certain vegetables (including tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables (example: vegetables including cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower), soy, beans (and other legumes) or fish may be linked with a lower risk of prostate cancer, especially more advanced cancers.
The best advice, according to the ACS, about diet and activity to possibly reduce the risk of prostate cancer is to:
• Eat at least 2-1/2 cups of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
• Be physically active.
• Stay at a healthy weight.
It may also be sensible, according to the ACS, to limit calcium supplements and to not get too much calcium in your diet. This does not mean that men who are being treated for prostate cancer should not take calcium supplements if their doctor recommends them.
If you or someone you know have questions regarding prostate cancer, talk to your health care professional or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or use their Live Chat feature for assistance for cancer-related information and referrals, patient-related programs or resources. at https://www.cancer.org/about-us/online-help/contact-us.html
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