If you’re a man, you need to be aware of prostate cancer. We have races, sponsored products, and constant media coverage for diseases like breast cancer, but men have their own age related risk to be aware of!
So September is prostate cancer awareness month. It’s recommended that most men start getting a yearly screening at age 50—if you have any risk factors, like family history or being African-American, you need to get screened starting at 40. Of course, those are general guidelines, and you should talk to your doctor about your specific risks.
Prostate cancer is generally slow growing, many people who have it will never be affected by it. BUT—it can occasionally be very serious, and symptoms aren’t always there when it’s getting started, so get screened so you can catch it early. If you have trouble urinating or ejaculating (or with erections) then see your doctor.
And be proactive! Here’s a list of easy thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer:
-Get enough Vitamin D! The best way to get Vitamin D is by spending a little time in the sun, but if you burn easily, cover yourself with a daily multivitamin.
-Eat more fruits and veggies, especially antioxidant rich ones like pomegranate and lycopene rich ones like tomatoes, and less meat (especially grilled meat).
-And, of course, exercise! Exercising reduces your risk for most types of cancer.
Do you think we should be doing more to raise awareness about prostate cancer?