Prostate Cancer Prevention and Awareness

Prostate cancer is a form of cancer which is only diagnosed in men. This disease shows in the form of a tumor on the prostate gland, a small walnut shaped organ which is responsible for the secretion of Seminole fluid to the testes. With a little knowledge and simple lifestyle modification, the average man can almost completely eliminate the risk of getting prostate cancer. The best prevention starts early, however, and deliberate lifestyle changes are needed to ensure a lifetime of prostate health.

There are a number of risk factors that if attended to, can significantly reduce a man’s chances of ever getting prostate cancer. These factors include regular cardiovascular exercise, limiting consumption of red meat, eating tomatoes or tomato based food each week, keeping a healthy body weight, and not getting a vasectomy. Although the reasons are unknown at this time, getting a vasectomy has shown an elevated risk for getting prostate cancer. A few of these factors are simple practices which will greatly reduce the risk of prostate cancer, but require a little dedication. Things like eating tomatoes and getting regular cardiovascular exercise may be slightly difficult for some to incorporate into their lives, but these are two things which help to contribute to overall health as well. The same as with limiting consumption of red meat, and staying at a healthy weight, these may be difficult at first for some but will also contribute to overall health.

The previous factors when incorporated into a weekly routine for a healthy prostate will also have a lasting beneficial impact, so they seem to be an obvious choice. The key is to start with one or two simple steps which are easy to do. The easiest would be eating tomatoes, and if this is a matter of taste then simply putting them in a salad would be a simple solution. The next best risk factor to move on to would be cardiovascular exercise. The practitioner should always consult their doctor before beginning an exercise routine, but this could be easier than most people think. This could be accomplished simply by taking a brisk walk for 20 to 30 minutes, three to four times a week. This would serve a dual purpose in the fight against prostate cancer, as this will certainly help in reaching or maintaining a healthy body weight, which is another factor to keep in mind.

The key to the fight against this disease is to take action in the prevention before the warning signs occur. For more information on this disease please see the following web pages: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001418/ and http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/default.htm. There is no magic cure or prevention with prostate cancer, but that is where responsibility to one’s self and loved ones is needed. For most responsible men, there exists a sense of obligation in this area and therefore, properly applied knowledge and application in the prevention of prostate cancer will certainly make a difference.