Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for men and according to the American Cancer Society, “About 268,490 new cases of prostate cancer and 34,500 deaths from prostate cancer,” are estimated for this year. While no one wants a cancer diagnosis, the good news is that prostate cancer is very treatable, especially when it’s caught early and there are ways to reduce the risk. Eat this, not that! Health spoke to experts who share how to help prevent prostate cancer and signs to look out for. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss out Sure signs you already had COVID.
Who is at risk of prostate cancer?
The American Cancer Society states, “About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and in non-Hispanic black men. About 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in men over 65 and older, and is rare in men under 40. The average age of men at diagnosis is about 66.”
Prostate cancer symptoms
According to Mayo Clinic, “Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced can cause signs and symptoms such as:
How to help reduce your risk of prostate cancer
Dr. Jonathan Stegall, MD, Medical Oncologist, Medical Director for the Center for Advanced Medicine and bestselling author of Cancer secrets gives us the following tips:
– Check your weight. Being obese iincreases the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
– Eat one healthy dietconsisting of many fruits and vegetables, It is worth noting that healthy omega-3s found in nuts, seeds and fish have been shown to play a role in preventing prostate cancer.
-Restrict oxidative stresss, hallmark of aging. One theory is that the increased incidence of prostate cancer we see with aging is a result of oxidative stress in cells. This can be seen as increased irritation to cells and can result from a wide variety of exposures, including processed foods, sugary drinks and occupational/environmental exposure.”
Works of annual projections
Dr. Stegall says, “Prostate cancer that is detected early, when it is still confined to the prostate, is easily treated with excellent results. Therefore, routine screening is imperative. I believe that men should start having their prostate-specific antigen levels checked ( PSA).annually starting at age 40. It is important to keep in mind that PSA can be elevated for non-cancerous reasons, but PSA provides a good starting point and is easily measured with a routine blood test.”
Nutrition for the prevention of prostate cancer
Adam RaminMD, surgical urologist and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles tells us, “In general, what we eat affects every part of our body, and the prostate is no exception. Numerous studies show that there are certain foods, consumed frequently, that may be harmful or increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Some of these foods include red meat, alcohol, dairy products, and foods that are high in saturated fat.
Red meat, specifically hot dogs, beef, pork and sausage contains a chemical compound known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These chemicals are developed during the cooking process of red meat. Researchers suggest that these HCAs are responsible for an increased risk of prostate cancer. Although these types of meat are often a primary source of protein, which is essential fuel for the body, there are alternatives. Consider fish, white meats like turkey, chicken and other poultry, as well as non-meat sources like tofu and beans. Although many of today’s dairy products are the main source of calcium for many people, large amounts of dairy should not be consumed regularly. The reason is that many dairy products are very high in fat – which studies have shown is associated with the progression of prostate cancer cells and mortality from the disease. A good goal is to keep your daily intake of whole milk products, full-fat cheeses, yogurt, butter, and ice cream to a minimum and consume them in small portions. Alternatively, switch to non-dairy products such as soy, oat or almond milk, fat-free yogurts and low-fat ice cream. There are a variety of non-dairy options at most grocery chains today.
Now that we’ve outlined which foods may increase your risk of prostate cancer, let’s explore those that may lower your risk. By incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet, the risk of developing prostate cancer can be significantly reduced. And there are certain foods you should eat that may accomplish this better than others. These include tomatoes, various berries, nuts, coffee (in moderation) and carrots. But honestly, diets rich in whole foods (foods that haven’t been overly processed or altered beyond their natural state with manufactured ingredients or preservatives), such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, may help slow down progression or even in the prevention of prostate and other types of cancer.
Proper nutrition can also help prevent disease recurrence while boosting the immune system. The key is to know the right proportions of foods to eat, which foods to avoid and which are appropriate in moderation. Following a heart-healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent a variety of health problems, including cancer. If you look at this from a meal perspective, it means that any given meal will contain mostly vegetables and fruits and a small helping of lean protein (avoiding red meat when possible). Dessert should be an occasional treat (preferably not every day) and lean towards a less sugary and fatty option, such as unsweetened almond yogurt with fruit and a little honey. As beneficial as a healthy diet is, it cannot replace regular health checkups or prostate cancer screenings. If you’ve been putting off that annual physical, make the appointment. You’ll be glad you did.”