Recently, I got call from an elderly friend, with whom I worked years back and his travails with prostate cancer rekindled my desire to warn fellow men of this menace that can leave sour and bitter taste for victims. He told me how he had undergone a surgery after so many failed remedies that were prescribed to him. However, the surgery has not returned him to the man he once was prior to the diagnosis. The aftermath effects from prostate cancer to him have been one of diminished income, lack of confidence, reoccurring pains and other factors.
Women, who naturally do not have prostates, should also be concerned about this disease so as to alert the men in their lives to the dangers, and the attendant demands this will have on them too.
To be sure, there’s no known silver bullet to the prevention of prostate cancer. However, certain lifestyles have been associated with men who aren’t bugged down by the diseases. Also, it’s important to note that these lifestyles are better adopted when you are younger. Let’s, however, determine those at more risk before discussing the lifestyles need to cut down chances of having prostate cancer.
WHO ARE AT RISK?
According to Prostate Cancer UK, “Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases as you get older. The average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. If you are under 50, your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low. Men under 50 can get it, but it isn’t common.
“If people in your family have prostate cancer or breast cancer, it might increase your own risk of getting prostate cancer. This is because you may have inherited the same faulty genes – although this isn’t a certainty for everyone in your lineage and you might be a fortunate exemption.
- You are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if your father or brother has had it, compared to a man that has no relatives with prostate cancer.
- Your chance of getting prostate cancer may be even greater if your father or brother was under 60 when he was diagnosed, or if you have more than one close relative (father or brother) with prostate cancer.
- Your risk of getting prostate cancer is higher if your mother or sister has had breast cancer.
Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men. The reason is not clear, but it might be linked to genes. In the UK, about 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Africans are certainly not exempted.
According to information obtained from WebMD, ejaculation is seen as positive measure against prostate.
Over the years, there’s been growing evidence of a link between ejaculation and lower chances of prostate cancer. But the 2016 results of a major study made the strongest case yet. The researchers asked men to answer questions about how often they ejaculated. How didn’t matter -- s£x, masturbation, or wet dreams were all included. Then they tracked almost 32,000 of these men for 18 years.
The researchers found that guys who did it the most (at least 21 times a month) had about a 20% lower chance of prostate cancer, compared with those who did it less (4 to 7 times a month). That was true in several age groups.
The exact number of times didn’t matter. Basically, the more men ejaculated in a month, the less likely they were to get prostate cancer.
Women, this is an incentive not to deny your husband his s£xual need.
Choose healthy dietS
There is some evidence that choosing a healthy diet that's low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may contribute to a lower risk of prostate cancer, though this hasn't been proved concretely.
In some studies, men who ate the highest amount of fat each day had an increased risk of prostate cancer. While this association doesn't prove that excess fat causes prostate cancer, reducing the amount of fat you eat each day has other proven benefits, such as helping you control your weight and helping your heart. Select leaner cuts of meat, and choose low-fat or reduced-fat dairy products.
Eat more fat from plants than from animals. Studies reveal that fats from animals were most likely to be associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Animal products that contain fats include meat, lard and butter. Olive oil, for instance, should be preferred to butter.
Eating more fruits and vegetables also tends to make you have less room for other foods, such as high-fat foods. Consider eating fruits and vegetables for snacks.
Eat fish. Fatty fish — such as salmon, tuna and herring — contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fatty acid that has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. If you don't currently eat fish, you might consider adding it to your diet.
Maintain a healthy weight
Men who are obese — a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher — may have an increased risk of prostate cancer. If you are overweight or obese, work on losing weight. You can do this by reducing the number of calories you eat each day and increasing the amount of exercise you do.
Exercise most days of the week
Studies of exercise and prostate cancer risk have mostly shown that men who exercise may have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Exercises doesn’t have to take you out of your home and cost you hours. Learn light exercise that you can do in about fifteen minutes per day, or most days of the week.
Talk to your doctor about your risk
Some men have an increased risk of prostate cancer. For those with a very high risk of prostate cancer, there may be other options for risk reduction, such as medications. If you think you have a high risk of prostate cancer, discuss it with your doctor.
Disclaimer: Periodic medical tests are important despite these lifestyles.
Credit: Mayoclinic, WebMD, Prostate Cancer UK
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