Prostate Cancer Prevention

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Prostate cancer

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system.  It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds part of the urethra. The prostate gland makes fluid that is part of the semen.

According to National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the most common nonskin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. It is estimated that, in 2014, 233,000 menwewre diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States, and nearly 29,500 men will die of the disease. African American men have a higher incidence rate than, and at least twice the mortality rate of, men of other racial/ethnic groups.

Can prostate cancer be prevented?

The exact cause of prostate cancer is not known, however, some risk factors for cancer can be avoided. On th other hand, other risk factors such as age, race, and family history can’t be controlled. But based on what we do know, there are some things you can do that might lower your risk of prostate cancer.

Different ways to prevent cancer are being studied, including changing lifestyle or eating habits. For example, there is some evidence that choosing a healthy diet that’s low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may contribute to a lower risk of prostate cancer. Moreover, to reduce cancer risk you can maintain a healthy weight and avoiding things known to cause cancer as smoking.

Source: The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society.