September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the most common cancer among men. Prostate cancer affects thousands of people each year, but with early detection and proper knowledge, it can be treated successfully. In this Everyday Compassion blog, we’ll explore the basics of prostate cancer, the risks and a few helpful tips to support prostate health.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, but it tends to grow slowly and often does not cause symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer begins in the prostate gland, a small, walnut-sized organ located beneath the bladder. As you grow older, the prostate can grow too, sometimes causing problems like difficulty urinating.
What are some of the risks?
Age: Prostate cancer is more common in older men, typically occurring after the age of 50.
Family History: Family history of prostate cancer may lead to a higher risk
Diet and Lifestyle: A diet high in red meat and low in fruits and vegetables, in addition to a sedentary lifestyle, may increase your risk
Helpful tips to support prostate health:
- Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your health care provider. They can perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test to screen for prostate problems.
- Healthy Diet: Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit your intake of red meat and processed foods.
- Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate problems.
- Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is essential for overall health, including prostate health.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight: If you’re overweight, losing weight through diet and exercise can reduce the risk of prostate problems.
- Limit Alcohol and Tobacco: Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking may increase the risk of prostate issues.
- Stress Management: Chronic stress can negatively impact your health. Practice stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation or yoga.
- Know Your Family History: Be aware of your family’s medical history, especially regarding prostate problems. This information can help you and your health care provider make informed decisions.
By understanding the risks and taking proactive steps to maintain a healthy prostate, you can help reduce the chances of developing prostate-related issues. Regular check-ups, a healthy lifestyle and awareness of family history are key factors in promoting prostate health. Remember, your health is important, so take charge of it and make informed choices for a happier, healthier life.
Consult with your provider when considering any type of medical screenings or treatment.