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Prostate Cancer Prevention and Treatment

February 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

Prostate cancer affects more men in North America than any other cancer type. Among men over the age of eighty, 80% of them will be affected by prostate cancer.

Your risk of developing cancer increases with age. An unhealthy lifestyle can also increase your risk. If any blood relatives have developed prostate cancer, your chances of developing it are higher as well.


Studies have proven that diet and lifestyle can affect your likelihood of developing prostate cancer. In particular, vitamin D has been shown to boost resistance to it.

Low fat dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. So too is direct sunlight.

Red wine in moderate amounts is also helpful, although excessive alcohol use should be avoided. Some attribute the benefits of wine drinking with the chemical resveratrol found in grapes.

To help avoid high fat foods like meats and cheese, try substituting with soy products.

Oysters, nuts and beans are good sources of zinc. So too are pumpkin seeds. Make sure you get the seeds still in the shell.

Tuna, eggs, shellfish, onions, garlic, mushrooms, wheat germ, herring, kelp, Brazil nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds and cashews are all good sources of selenium, a chemical that helps boost your immunities.

Anti-oxidants which help fortify the immune system are found in blueberries and broccoli. Fruits and vegetables in general carry high concentrations of anti-oxidants.

Just as some foods may help you avoid prostate cancer, some unhealthy foods may jeopardize your efforts.

Foods high in fat, like meats and dairyRed meatProcessed sugars and fatty foods

While red meat always seems to show up in lists of food that are not good for you, it is perhaps not even the red meat itself that is unhealthy. During processing the hormones and other chemicals the meat is treated with may be what make it unhealthy.

Prostate Exam

If you're a man over 50, you should speak to your doctor about prostate cancer and get checked. A digital prostate exam takes just a few minutes and can help your doctor catch any problems early. Early detection increases your chances of surviving prostate cancer markedly.

Another test your doctor can do is to have your blood checked for PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen. This can determine very early whether your prostate has been infected with cancer.

In addition, there are a number of symptoms you should be on the lookout for.

Frequent urination, especially at nightIntense need to urinateDifficulty starting or difficulty stopping urine flowSometimes you cannot urinate at allWeak flow of urineBladder not completely empty after urinationPain or a burning sensation while urinatingPain occurring during orgasmBlood in urine or semen

Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

If you have been diagnosed positively, consider alternative prostate cancer treatments other than surgery and radiotherapy. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU is often recommended as a first treatment for patients where their cancer is confined to the prostate gland and has not yet grown beyond it.

With fewer and less harmful side effects than traditional treatments, you can survive cancer of the prostate - especially if it is diagnosed early on and is organ confined. The key to treating cancer is to get it in the early stages, making early screening crucial for men over 50.

Stephanie Browning (Eco Chick) is an environmentally conscious activist who studies alternative and natural medicines and nutrition.

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