|GREG GOSKA, MD,
It seems like there's a pill for everything these days. There are even products that claim to prevent prostate cancer. But it's not that simple. No pill can guarantee that you won't get prostate cancer. But Greg Goska, MD, internal medicine physician with Edward Medical Group says there are things you can do to improve your chances of avoiding this disease or finding it early when it's most treatable.
Eat whole foods
"A low-fat diet, complete with fruits, vegetables and whole grains may help prevent prostate cancer," said Dr. Goska. "In addition to a sensible diet, certain foods have been linked to a reduction in prostate cancer," he added.
Dr. Goska recommends the following for improved prostate health:
Lycopene found in tomato products, watermelon and pink grapefruitIsoflavons found in soy productsSulfur compounds found in garlic Green tea may inhibit enzyme activity
Researchers are also studying the effects of vitamins C, E and the minerals selenium and zinc on prostate cancer risk. It seems that eating these foods in their original form, as opposed to a supplement, is better for your health.
See your doctor regularly
"An annual checkup won't reduce your risk of prostate cancer, but it is important to staying healthy," said Dr. Goska. "Prostate tests can help find cancer early when treatment can be most effective," he said.
See your doctor yearly and ask about an annual prostate exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. Visit www.edwardmedicalgroup.org to find a doctor and watch video profiles.