Did you know that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime? The good news? There is no question that testing can help find many prostate cancers early, but you should talk to your doctor about whether or not you should be tested. He or she will help you develop a plan that best meets your personalized needs.
1. Know the Fundamentals: The prostate is a gland involved with male sexual function and urination. It is the size of a walnut and is located directly under the bladder, in front of the rectum.
2. Know the Stats: One in six men in the United States will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime.
3. Know the Score: It is very important to have a regular prostate check with your doctor to make sure there are no abnormalities. In addition, a PSA blood test may detect the presence of prostate cancer. An enlarged or inﬂamed prostate may also cause an increase in PSA levels.
4. Know the Opponent: There are 3 major health problems associated with the prostate: enlargement, inﬂammation of the prostate and prostate cancer.
5. Know Your Team History: According to the AUA “men ages 55 to 69 who are considering prostate cancer screening should talk with their doctors about the benefits and harms of testing and proceed based on their personal values and preferences.” Routine screening in men between ages 40 to 54 years at average risk is not recommended. Men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer for them and should speak with their physician.
6. Fuel for Performance: A healthy diet, low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables, may reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
7. Stay in Peak Form: Men with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese. Being obese increases your risk of prostate cancer.
8. Prepare a Training Regimen: Studies have mostly shown that men who exercise may have a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
9. Talk to your coach:
Whether it’s a medical professional, fitness trainer, or nutritionist seek out their expertise and make sure you are maximizing your Warrior potential. Take the first step today by calling 855-996-WELL (9355) or clicking here
to learn more about our world-class physicians at HackensackUMC.