Prostate Cancer - Second Most Common Cancer In Men
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men (skin cancer is the first), according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Nearly 225,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected in the United States this year, and over 27,000 men will die from the disease.
Even though the cause of Prostrate cancer is unknown there are several proven risk factors. Some of which are fairly simple to control. Here they are.
- Age - Men that are 65 or older are the highest risk group.
- Family History - If you've had a brother, father, or grandfather that had prostrate cancer your risks are considerably higher.
- Diet - Men who eat large amounts of processed meat like lunch meat and hot dogs, or bad fats, or refined grains and sugar put themselves at greater risk.
- Ethnicity - African American men have the highest rate of this cancer according to the Harvard Center For Cancer.
- Environmental Toxicity- Research is being focused in this area as a potential cause of prostrate cancer since exposure to pesticides and plastics chemicals and other hormone mimicking environmental chemicals has been linked to a high number of cases.
- Cadmium- Exposure to high levels of cadmium found in shell fish, organ meats, cigarette smoke, contaminated air and water(Especially if living near factories that make batteries) seems to be a common factor.
- Vasectomy - Several studies show that men who have had a vasectomy show slightly higher chances of developing prostrate cancer.
So how can you reduce your risk of contracting this ever increasing disease? Obviously, you can't do anything about aging or your hereditary tendency or your ethnicity. However, cleaning up the toxins in your body, especially if you have worked or lived in toxic areas, eating properly and watching your diet can help. Other ways to increase your odds against prostrate cancer are listed below.
- Eat more tomato based foods.Tomatoes (particularly cooked varieties such as tomato sauces, paste and ketchup, (but watch out for high levels of sodium and sugar) are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which is known to prevent damage to DNA and fight prostate cancer. Pink grapefruit and watermelon are also good sources of lycopene.
- Consume more selenium. Selenium can protect against cancer as an antioxidant. It has also been shown to slow or prevent tumor growth by enhancing the immune system and suppressing blood vessels to the tumor. Foods rich in selenium include Brazil nuts, chicken, turkey, beef, brown rice, eggs and sunflower seeds.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is generally known to reduce the risk of all types of cancer, however men over 65 who exercise vigorously have been found to have a lower risk of prostate cancer.
- Don't smoke. Not only will this lower your exposure to cadmium, but smoking decreases immune function and throws off the delicate balance of important vitamin and mineral levels in the body.
By taking personal responsibility in the areas of your life that you can control, there is a great chance you can beat the odds against this disease. It is also wise to have your prostate checked annually especially if you are 65 or older.
Treating Prostate Cancer
Most prostate cancers are detected while still localized to the prostate, which makes the chances of successful treatment fairly good. Prostate cancer treatment may include use of radiation, chemotherapeutic drugs, hormone therapy, or a combination of these treatments. Insulin Potentiation Therapy, or IPT, is a low-dose chemotherapy treatment program that is an effective in helping alternative treatment for prostate cancer. IPT has fewer side effects than conventional chemotherapy. For a FREE CONSULTATION and to learn about alternative prostate cancer treatments, contact our Integrative Cancer Care department.