Hello Doctor brought to you by Dischem – Prostate – 08 January 2014
Prostate – 08 January 2014
Prostrate cancer. Two words that fill men with dread. The sneaky thing about this kind of cancer is that it is a slow growing one which means that signs and symptoms are few and far between. The good news is that if caught early, it can be treated and managed successfully. The bad news is that once prostate cancer begins to grow quickly or spreads outside the prostate, it becomes really dangerous.
Prostate cancer hits black men especially hard. One out of every five black men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. What’s more, black men are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form and to develop the disease at a younger age compared to men of other ethnicities.
We’re still working on understanding what causes prostate cancer, but we do have some clues as to what might reduce your chances of getting it.
Crank up your intake of fruit and veggies, all packed with cancer fighting nutrients. Exercise regularly to not only keep your weight in check, but your mindset too, both important when it comes to cancer prevention. Try to avoid the other well known cancer risks, like drinking heavily and smoking. And finally, man up and go for regular screening.
The best thing you can do is to talk to your doctor about your specific risk profile – they know you best (both inside and out)!