We would like to recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September. Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Although the incidence rate is higher, prostate cancer receives less funding and less public awareness than breast cancer. It is important for men to understand the value of early detection for prostate cancer, so that the 1 in 7 men who gets diagnosed has a higher chance of beating the disease.
It is critical for men to get annual physical exams and have their prostate checked. In the early stages of prostate cancer when they are most treatable, symptoms are not always prevalent. For more information on symptoms, risk factors, and prevention methods, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Nutrition and Prostate Cancer
Nutrition plays and important role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer, risk of recurrence, or slowing the progression of the disease. Below are some nutrition and lifestyle practices that will help your overall health before, during, and after treatment for prostate cancer:
- Maintain a healthy body weight by reducing excess body fat and watching your overall calorie intake.
- Maintain muscle mass by incorporating lean protein and exercise.
- Exercise daily with a combination of cardiovascular and resistance exercise.
- Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
- Rely on fresh, healthy, whole foods rather than dietary supplements.
- Limit alcohol intake and give up tobacco.