Over 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. This number keeps growing, so the risk of developing this horrid disease is extremely high. Unfortunately, the success rate of treatment isn't very impressive, and if the disease isn't diagnosed at an early stage, your chances of recovery are almost nonexistent.
There are many factors that increase the risk of developing this disease, and quite a few of them cannot be controlled by you, for example, genetics. If you are with the high risk group, you will need to use all prevention tools available to you.
Bear in mind that predisposition to prostate cancer makes you vulnerable and it will be impossible to protect yourself completely. Therefore, starting preventative treatment as soon as possible will increase your chances of success.
Necessary Lifestyle Changes
Although, there are some medicines and procedures that are used for prostate cancer prevention, they don't play the leading role in this treatment. In order to achieve the best results, you will need to make several major changes to your lifestyle as a whole.
- Follow a healthy well-balanced diet
Recent studies show that some of the common ingredients used in Mediterranean cuisine have prominent effect for prostate cancer prevention. For example, taking 10 grams of garlic or scallions a day reduces the risk of developing this disease for 50%. Antioxidants from red wine and grapes can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Make sure your diet includes a lot of vegetables and fruit. Your goal in this case is to replace animal fats with plant oils, because the former increase the risk of developing cancer and several other dangerous diseases.
This also means that you should choose low-fat dairy products. Do not indulge in this type of foods regardless of the amount of fat they contain, as they are usually associated with increased risk of prostate cancer.
On the other hand, omega-3 fatty acid has been proven to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Its main source is fish (salmon, tuna, sardines), so you must include them in your diet as well.
Green tea and soy have as well proved to be effective in preventing prostate cancer.
- Maintain healthy weight
Obese people have higher risk of developing any kind of cancer. Therefore, maintaining healthy weight is essential to stay healthy.
If your BMI is higher than norm, do something about it, but choose your weight loss program carefully. You must lose your weight in a healthy way. This means no starvation and other extreme diets, and no taking drugs.
Workout regularly in order to keep your body fit. This will help you to lose weight and maintain good shape. However, be sure to consult your doctor and a professional trainer before you start working out.
- Take special medicines
Discuss the risks of you developing prostate cancer with your doctor. In case, the chance of you getting this disease is high, you should start taking special medicines. Finasteride is currently considered to be one of the best among this kind of drugs. It's a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that prevents the body from changing testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that has been proven to cause prostate disorders. Production of dyhidrotestosterone also triggers alopecia (make patterned baldness). This is why medicines against this condition a positive side effect of being effective in preventing prostate cancer.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a wise choice, but this alone may not be enough. This is why you will need to go to regular checkups and consultations. This way, your doctor will be able to detect any changes and assign the most effective treatment depending on your personal requirements.