After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. Help reduce your chances of developing the disease with these tips.
Step 1: Limit high-fat foods Limit your intake of high-fat foods and eat more fruits and vegetables. The highest rates of prostate cancer appear in countries where people have diets high in fat.
TIP: Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat found in fish like anchovies, sardines, salmon, and herring, is the exception -- it's a healthy fat that can aid in preventing prostate cancer.
Step 2: Drink alcohol in moderation Do not drink alcohol in excess -- only in moderation. Alcohol lowers your immune system and can potentially increase the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
Step 3: Lose weight Lose weight, which may help prevent prostate cancer. Being obese may affect the levels of hormones that are related to prostate cancer.
Step 4: Exercise Develop healthy exercise habits. Exercise increases the strength of your immune system and decreases obesity, which plays a role in cancer prevention.
Step 5: Get your vitamins and minerals Get enough vitamin D, vitamin E, and selenium. Daily doses of these can help prevent prostate cancer.
Step 6: Ask your doctor anti-inflammatory drugs Ask your doctor about taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin. Taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Step 7: Talk to your doctor about annual screenings. Your doctor can detect abnormalities in your prostate early and potentially catch them before they develop into cancer. Keep yourself healthy, and not only will you help prevent prostate cancer, but you'll get more joy out of life!
FACT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a prostate cancer vaccine in 2010 -- the vaccine fights advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy.