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Prostate cancer prevention tips.


Naperville Sun HealthAware column:

Tips to help prevent prostate cancer
By: Edward Hospital
September 23, 2013

As any man who’s had early-stage prostate cancer knows, the diagnosis often requires decisions that can be difficult, even with the advice of your physician: Should I get treatment now, or wait and see if and how the cancer progresses? If I choose immediate treatment, which option is best for me?

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men at some time in their lives. It’s usually not a deadly disease, but many men are anxious to rid their bodies of anything identified as cancer. At the same time, many are put off by potential side effects of treatment that may include varying degrees of incontinence and impotence.

While the research offers no surefire way to protect yourself against this cancer and related dilemmas, a number of the studies suggest the following measures may improve your odds:

Cut back on high-fat foods, especially red meats and full-fat dairy products. Replace animal fats with plant-based fats, such as olive oil.

Eat more vegetables, whole grains and fruits. Consider having cooked tomato products once or twice a week.

Add fish to your menu, such as salmon, sardines, tuna and trout.

“A low-fat diet, complete with fruits, vegetables and whole grains may help prevent prostate cancer,” says Greg Goska, an internal medicine physician with Edward Medical Group. “In addition to a sensible diet, certain foods have been linked to a reduction in prostate cancer.”

Love those hot drinks. Choose green tea or take green tea extract in supplements. Coffee may also be a good choice. Studies suggest it reduces the likelihood of developing advanced prostate cancer.

Talk with your doctor about any nutritional supplements you’re thinking of taking, such as vitamin E or calcium.

Limit alcohol to one or two drinks daily, if you drink at all.

Be active. Exercise cuts the risk of fatal forms of prostate cancer.

Discuss prostate cancer screenings with your doctor to determine what approach would be appropriate for you.

See your doctor yearly and ask about an annual prostate exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.

“An annual checkup won’t reduce your risk of prostate cancer, but it is important to staying healthy,” Dr. Goska says. “Prostate tests can help find cancer early when treatment can be most effective,” he said.

For more information about or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goska, call 630-646-5777.

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