Prostate Cancer is a disease that affects 1 of every 7 men and usually strikes after age 45. Prostate Cancer affects the male prostate gland – a walnut shaped area in the man’s reproductive system. With proper diagnosis and treatment it has a high rate of survival, but too many men still die from this disease. Are there any ways to prevent prostate Cancer? Unfortunately there is no 100 % guarantee of prevention, but there are well documented methods to helping to reduce the risk.
Ejaculation: It has been scientifically proven that ejaculation (through masturbation, sexual intercourse or nocturnal emissions) can lessen the occurrence of prostate Cancer in men who ejaculate 21 or more times a month by approximately 33% (Garnick). This opposed to those who ejaculated 7 or less times a month who had a higher incidence of Cancer. So, ejaculating on a regular basis seems to have definite health benefits when it comes to this.
Healthy weight: Studies show a definite link between obesity and prostate Cancer, specifically with those who had a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 30. Most of the time when a person is obese they do not eat healthily and therefore are not enriching their bodies and the immune response with the vitamins and minerals necessary to ward off disease.
Eating right: It seems to be common sense that eating right and having a balanced, portion-controlled diet is healthy in general. Specifically, when healthy fats (Omega 3s) such as present in fish are consumed it has a general affect on all the vessels in our body, helping to lower cholesterol and keep us at a more appropriate weight. Increasing the amount of green vegetables is also essential in boosting the immune system and fighting off diseases of all types, including Prostate Cancer.
Exercise daily: It goes without saying that exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, but also to a healthy body. Specifically, 30 minutes or more of cardiovascular exercise helps the body to fight off all sorts of diseases and Cancers as well as helps to maintain a healthy weight. Studies show, repeatedly, that those who exercise have a much lower occurrence of Prostate Cancer.
Screening: While screening for the disease is not going to prevent it, per se, it can aid in the help of fighting it early when it is detected. Having your doctor screen for Prostate Cancer at the appropriate time in life as well as notifying your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of it before the disease can take hold is essential in fighting against this disease. Do not ever be embarrassed about being screened – this is what doctors are for.
Prostate Stimulation: Believe it or not, massaging or stimulating your prostate gland can help reduce infections. By stimulating this gland, you release stagnant fluids that would otherwise sit in the gland and produce bacteria and eventually infection. This is not medical advice, but some experts agree that it is one way to help reduce inflammation and the likelihood of infection!
Information for this article taken from various sources, including the Mayo Clinic online page and Dr. Marc Garnick, M.D. who is the Editor in Chief of Harvard Medical School’s annual Prostate Diseases.