Breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men. Similar, if only in the sense that the older one gets, the likelier the chance of getting it.
As per the statistics of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), out of every hundred men over the age of 60, six would have developed prostate cancer by the time they hit 70.
For those who didn’t know, the prostate is a gland in the reproductive system. The cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, like bones and the lymph nodes.
Though there isn’t a sure fire way to avoid prostate cancer, there certainly are ways to help stave off the disease.
Or Omega-3 fatty acids, to be more precise. The stuff is found in fish types like tuna, mackerel, salmon, trout etc.
Twenty percent of the world’s green tea consumption is found in Asia, where the instance of prostate cancer amongst men is the lowest.
A study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology says that substances found in green tea known as catechins, actively prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading while stimulating cancer cell death.
By that, we don’t mean food produced in Cuba and China, but almost all foods that are of the red colour. Why? Because tomatoes, watermelons etc. owe their colour to an antioxidant called lycopene.
Studies at the American Institute of Cancer Research show that men who consume more of this food, specially tomatoes, have a lower risk of getting prostate cancer than those who don’t. Remember: the redder the tomato, the higher the lycopene levels.
Fruits And Vegetables
Well, this one is a no-brainer. Who ever didn’t say having fruits and vegetables were good for you. Green veggies in particular have a proven record of their ability to break down carcinogens.
Or, well, anything laden with soybean. A study at the American Cancer Society found that a nutrient called isoflavones lowers the risk of prostate cancer. What is the stuff found in? Tofu, chickpeas, lentils, alfalfa sprouts, peanuts, to name a few.
Quit Smoking. Duh!
You thought lung disease and heart disease were the only things you avoid when you quit smoking? Count prostate cancer right in there.
The American Cancer Society has found that smokers are more likely to have an aggressive form of the cancer.
And if you’re psychologically thinking in terms of sunk costs, what with the years and years of smoking you’ve already done, think about this: compared to people who still smoke, prostate cancer patients who ditched the habit more than 10 years ago actually had the same mortality rate than those who never smoked!
Folate, But Naturally
Low folic levels do, yes, increase the risk of cancer. But certain studies suggest that taking supplements in terms of synthetic folic acid might actually cause cancer.
Therefore, it is better to stick to green veggies, beans, oranges, to name a few foods.
This can’t be stated enough for any ailment, not just prostate cancer.
Too much fat accumulating in the middle of the body (think gut) definitely has a high correlation with instances of prostate cancer.
A regular exercise routine, which incorporates walking, running, bicycling and swimming, could be a fun way to keep active. Also crucial is at least some level of weight training.