September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Knowing the risks can help you prevent prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer for men in the United States.
The risks most often associated with many types of cancer, including prostate cancer, are smoking, being overweight and neglecting exercise. Making changes in these three areas will have a positive impact on your health. Quit smoking, eat healthy, and get in at least three moderate to vigorous workouts each week.
Other prostate cancer risk factors:
- Men over age 50 are most likely to get prostate cancer, so get screened regularly as you approach age 50.
- A family history of males with prostate cancer will increase your own risk. Some genetic traits, passed on from parents to son, increase your chances of developing prostate cancer.
- African American men are more likely to get prostate cancer and have a harder time beating it.
- Testosterone changes to dihydrotestosterone in the body and is necessary for prostate health, but it can lead to enlargement of the prostate and then to cancer. Medications can limit testosterone levels to avoid enlargement.
- A diet full of natural folate from fruits and vegetables leads to lower prostate cancer risk; however, a folic acid vitamin supplement may lead to higher risk.
- A diet high in dairy and calcium shows a slight increase in your risk for prostate cancer.
To reduce your risk for prostate cancer, make some changes in your lifestyle and be sure to get regular screenings by your doctor. If you know you have a family history, consider medications that may reduce your risk as you age.
On Friday, September 9 at noon, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will host a “Prostate Cancer Awareness” seminar in suite 101 of the Medical Arts Building located at 21110 Biscayne Boulevard. Urologist Richard Levin, MD, FACS, will address prostate cancer detection and treatment, while radiation oncologist Carlos Lopez, MD, Medical Director at Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center, will discuss some of the latest research findings and the advanced treatment options available at the center.
For further information on prostate health awareness please call the Cancer Center at 305-682-2151.