admin - November 20, 2013
As you’ve probably figured out by now, November is Movember – the massive campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, and the American Cancer Society estimates that about 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime. About 6 out of 10 cases are diagnosed among men over age 65.
If you’re a man and you’re worried about prostate cancer, there are mistakes you could be making that aren’t helping to lower your risk. Learn what they are and why you should fix them now.
Eating too much red meat
Studies have linked eating large amounts of red meat and high-fat dairy products to an increase in a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. One reason could be that many men who eat diets high in red meat and dairy tend to eat fewer healthy fruits and vegetables. To ensure you’re not raising your risk for prostate cancer through your diet, stick to more produce and less red meat.
Packing on the pounds
Research has shown that being obese or overweight can also raise risk of prostate cancer in men. The exact reason for this link is not yet known, but many studies have found that obese men have a higher chance of getting a more aggressive form of prostate cancer. Make some type of physical activity, such as walking or lifting weights, a regular part of your routine to keep the unwanted pounds off.
While studies have not proven smoking is a risk factor for prostate cancer, it is well known that smoking raises disease risk overall. Cigarettes contain carcinogens that have been directly linked to the development of cancer. For optimal healthy aging, avoid smoking cigarettes altogether.
Not knowing family history
Having a family history of prostate or breast cancer increases risk of one day developing prostate cancer. Specifically, if you have a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, a very strong family history of women with breast cancer, or a very strong family history of men with prostate cancer, you may be at increased risk. Make sure you’re aware of your family history so you can be proactive with screenings and prostate exams.
Are you taking part in Movember this month? Is raising awareness for prostate and testicular cancer important to you? We’d love to hear. Share your story with us in the comments.
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