Prostate cancer may not be pleasant to think about, but with an estimated 1,300 Arkansas men to likely be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, you can’t afford not to. Follow the tips below to help keep your prostate healthy and minimize your risk of cancer.
Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods that boast cancer-fighting properties, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, grapefruit, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. You should also avoid sugary desserts and drinks.
Regular physical activity plays an important role in keeping you fit and reducing your risk of disease, including prostate cancer. Find a workout you enjoy, such as walking, biking or weight lifting, and make time for most days of the week.
Get some Vitamin D.
Getting Vitamin D through sun exposure reduces your risk of prostate cancer while also giving your heart, kidney and pancreas health a boost. Spend a little time outdoors each day to get your daily dose. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Know your risk.
Those who are African-American, of Scandinavian descent or have a family history of prostate cancer are at an increased risk of developing the disease. Discuss these factors with your doctor, and if you are deemed high risk, your physician may have extra precautions you can take, such as medication.
Make screenings a priority.
Get a prostate cancer screening every year beginning when you’re age 40 if you’re considered high risk, or age 55 if you’re considered average risk. This screening consists of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam. Though it only takes a matter of minutes, a prostate cancer screening could save your life by detecting the disease while it is in the early, treatable stages.
Your happiest life begins when you take ownership of your wellbeing by creating healthy habits and staying educated about your health – and Baptist Health is committed to helping you do that. Find out how you can create a healthier lifestyle by learning more about the resources offered at Baptist Health.