The prostate, an organ located under the bladder, produces semen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States. The risk of developing prostate cancer progressively increases with age.
Out of every 100 men over the age of 60, seven will have prostate cancer before their 70th birthday, according to the CDC (1 in every 14 men). Most men experience some level of prostate enlargement by the age of 45, but many do not have symptoms. But by the age of 60, about 80% of all men experience urinary problems as the result of prostate enlargement.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with the enlargement of the prostate include the following:
- Urgency to urinate
- Inability to urinate
- Difficulty starting
- Frequent urination
- Reduced force of urine stream
- Terminal dribbling
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
To understand how to prevent prostate cancer, we must first understand what causes it. There are four major factors that influence risk for developing prostate cancer.
Age: The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years. The chances of developing prostate cancer becomes more common than any other cancer in men when aging. However, aging is a fact that we cannot change.
Family history: A man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer has a twofold-increased risk for developing it. This risk is further increased if the cancer was diagnosed at a younger age (less than 55 years of age) or affected three or more family members.
Where you live: The risk of developing prostate cancer for men who live in rural China is 2% and for men in the United States is 17%. When Chinese men move to the western culture, their risk increases substantially; men who live north of 40 degrees latitude (north of Philadelphia, Columbus, Ohio, and Provo, Utah) have the highest risk for dying from prostate cancer of any men in the United States – this effect appears to be mediated by inadequate sunlight during three months of the year which reduces vitamin D levels and diet, according to research.
Lifestyle and working environment:
People who spend long periods of time in a seated position and whom have increased pressure from automobile vibrations have a higher risk than others. Therefore the occupation become one of the risk factor. Smoker and drinker are increasing the risk level too. Surprisingly, tight, unfitted and non-breathable underwear which increase the stress and heat over the prostate area are one of the cause too. Research found cotton brief underwear with magnetic force designed helps in increasing blood flow helps reduce the risk of enlargement of the prostate.
Unfortunately, the factors above are difficult or impossible to change, however, there are many things that men can do to reduce or delay their risk of developing prostate cancer. There's no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.
Cooked Tomatoes and other red foods：
Tomatoes, watermelon, and other red foods owe their bright color to a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Studies show that men who consume this fruit and tomato-based products have a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who don’t.
The power of fruits and vegetables ：
Green vegetables contain compounds that help your body break down cancer-causing substances called carcinogens. A nutrient-rich diet may also help slow the spread of cancer. Eat more broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, etc.
Omega-3 fatty acids：
Evidence from several studies suggest that fish, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, and avocado can help protect against prostate cancer because they have “good fat” particularly omega-3 fatty acids. You might consider using plant-based fats instead of animal fats. For instance, cook with olive oil rather than butter. Sprinkle nuts or seeds on your salad rather than cheese.
Choose a low-fat diet:
Foods that contain fats include meats, nuts, oils and dairy products, such as milk and cheese.In some studies, men who ate the highest amount of fat each day had an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Soybean and greentea：
A nutrient called isoflavones has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Isoflavones are found in tofu (made from soybeans), chickpeas, lentils, alfalfa sprouts, peanuts. Green tea contains polyphenolic antioxidants called EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate is good to reduces risk.
Maintain a healthy weight:
Men who are obese, a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, may have an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Stress can worsen urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH, such as urinary urgency, painful urination, dribbling, and urinary frequency.You can take back control of your life and stress levels by incorporating stress-reduction practices into your life.
Overheating is not good for your genitals. And your prostate gland sits right under your bladder. So, if you wear underwear that is too tight for you, your prostate also gets overheated and pressed. A study has shown that the impact of tight underwear on male fertility is worse than that of drinking, taking drugs and smoking. Perfect cutting of boxer briefs or trunks underwear help to support yet cotton or breathable fabric can reduce the heat. Anti-inflammatory function underwear is a plus point.
Talk to your doctor about your risk
Ask your doctor about your risk for developing prostate cancer. Tell your doctor if you’re have the discomfort anywhere in your pelvic or rectal areas, difficulty urinating, blood in your urine or semen.
Getting eight hours of sleep every night, following a healthful diet and a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to check on your underwear, will it too tight or the material is not breathable. Go after a magnetic therapy underwear if possible. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Start Walking, running, bicycling, swimming for your better health in the future ! Stay young and fit !