- Cancer doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the general population but prostate cancer does to race.
- Each year, 1 out of 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and those odds are worse for African- Americans.
- According to the prostate cancer foundation (PCF), African-Americans are 1.6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
- Thanks to the medical advances over the past 20 years, the gap is shrinking, though the risk for African-American still is high.
Let’s understand what prostate cancer is:
- Prostate cancer is the abnormal cell growth which leads to the creation of unwanted cells that the body doesn’t need.
- These cells spread to other parts of the body leading to death.
What Causes Prostate Cancer?
There is no exact cause of prostate cancer as with many types of cancer but experts are studying the causes.
Here are the ways you can prevent Prostate cancer:
- Eat “G-BOMBS”
- You may be wondering what “G-BOMBS” are.
- These are Greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds.
- G-BOMBS contain powerful anti-cancer effects such as phytochemicals that detoxify carcinogens in the body.
- Men who consume greens such as broccoli regularly are less likely to develop prostate cancer.
- The onion family such as garlic leeks contains organosulfur compounds which fight against cancer and reduce prostate cancer risk.
- Consume a lot of cooked tomatoes
- According to a study, men who consumed tomato-based foods reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 35 per cent.
- The study also found that they reduced the risk of advanced prostate cancer by a whopping 50 percent.
- Cooked tomatoes contain Lycopene which is responsible for prevention of prostate cancer. Tomatoes also contain protective chemicals such as Flavonoids and antioxidants which detoxify the body from carcinogens.
- Reduce intake of meat, eggs, and dairy
High consumption of animal proteins has been linked to great risk of prostate cancer in men. Increased consumption of animal proteins leads to the following:
- High blood level which correlates with the risk of getting prostate cancer.
- Choline Intake found in meat, eggs and dairy foods has been found to increase the risk of prostate cancer. Men who eat two or more eggs per week increase their chances of getting prostate cancer by 81 per cent.
There is substantial evidence that men who avoid dairy products have a lower risk of prostate cancer. This is according to a study done in 41 countries found that there is a strong correlation between animal products and prostate cancer deaths.
- Do not rely on PSA as a method of early detection of prostate cancer
- Nearly 70 percent of men who have prostate specific antigen don’t have prostate cancer.
- The American Cancer Society and American College of Preventive Medicine actually do not recommend routine Prostate Specific Antigen screening for men.
- Exercise regularly
You should exercise at least exercise three hours a week; especially the endurance type of exercise for example running, swimming or cycling.
These exercises are some of the effective ways of preventing this disease.
- Test Vitamin D levels in your blood
Lack of vitamin D has proven to increase cancer. You can obtain Vitamin D through supplements.
Always aim for Vitamin D level of between 30 and 45ng/ml.