September is deemed the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so expect many pieces of advice about the disease to flood your years. Nevertheless, men are usually unaware that some simple prostate cancer prevention measures may save their lives on the long run.
Experts do not know a certain cause of why some men develop prostate cancer. Doctors suspect that it is either related to family history or an unhealthy lifestyle. But in many cases both factors can lead to the disease.
Men who know that they have a family history of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes should take extra measures to stay healthy, doctors say. People should first focus on their lifestyles and be true to themselves.
Although you may look healthy, that high cholesterol and high blood pressure should prompt you to think otherwise. You should also check your body fat percentage and take steps to reduce it if it is above a healthy limit.
Many prostate cancer survivors managed to stay alive through some simple lifestyle changes including changing diet and making sure that they stay away from harmful a environment and chemicals that we unknowingly absorb through our skin.
According to official data, one in five men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their life. Plus, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men after melanoma. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer are reported and about 28,000 men lose the battle against it.
But prostate cancer is preventable, although there are some risk factors we cannot do much about including age (the risk of prostate cancer is considerably higher after age 50), race (a recent study found that black men are more likely to develop the disease), location (most cases of prostate cancer occur in Western world), and family history (having a close relative with prostate cancer nearly doubles your chances of having it too).
Yet, there are some risk factors that we can tackle with our lifestyle changes. For instance, obesity was linked to prostate cancer, while physical exercise was associated with a slimmer risk of developing the illness.
Additionally, diets that are low fat and mostly based on plants such as the Mediterranean Diet can drastically cut the risk of prostate cancer and other cancers. Red meat, lard, and processed meats should be avoided since they tend to feed cancer.
Instead you should consume more fruits and vegetables, nuts, healthy vegetable oils and whole grains. Fatty fish including herring and salmon can boost your Omega3 levels. Omega 3 was also linked with a lower risk of cancer. Plus, you should go for water when you are thirsty rather than soda.
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