Prostate Cancer Prevention

About 1 in 7 men in the U.S. get prostate cancer. More than 27,500 die from it each year; it’s the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

What puts you at higher risk of prostate cancer? 

  • The prostate is part of the male reproductive anatomy, so only males are affected
  • Being over 50 (60% of cases are diagnosed in men 65 and older)
  • Having a close relative with prostate cancer
  • Being African-American
  • High levels of the hormone testosterone
  • Supplementing with vitamin E or folate (folic acid) 

How can you lower your risk for developing prostate cancer? 

  • Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity/exercise 5 days per week
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Eat fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, etc.) high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Limit dairy and calcium consumption to recommended levels
  • Treat high testosterone with finasteride or dutasteride 

How can you help ensure early detection for more effective treatment? 

  • Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and how often you should have a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
  • Mention signs and symptoms to your doctor right away; early stages often don’t cause symptoms, but some common ones in later stages include trouble urinating or a weak urine stream, blood in the semen, difficulty getting or keeping an erection, pelvic pain or discomfort, and bone pain 

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