Prostate Health Game Plan
Hackensack University Health Network and NY Giants great Phil Simms have a Game Plan for prostate health.
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.
We know you’d like to be around for more smiles, more laughs, and more Father’s Days, and taking charge of your prostate health is a vital part of that plan. Take the first step today by calling 855-996-WELL (9355) to learn more about our world-class physicians at HackensackUMC.
Phil Simms Game Plan for a Healthy Prostate
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 abnormal lumps or bumps, possibly indicating the first sign of prostate cancer. In addition, a PSA blood test may detect the presence of prostate cancer. An increase in PSA levels may also be caused by an enlarged or inflamed prostate.
4. KNOW THE OPPONENT
There are 3 major health problems associated with the prostate:
• Prostate enlargement – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
• Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate
• Prostate cancer
5. KNOW YOUR TEAM HISTORY
Men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at higher risk of developing for prostate cancer themselves. Prostate cancer is very rare in men younger than 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. In addition, race plays a role in prostate cancer, with some men having a higher risk of prostate cancer.
6. FUEL FOR PERFORMANCE
Evidence suggests that choosing 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 Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese. Being obese increases your risk of prostate cancer.
8. PREPARE A TRAINING REGIMEN
Studies of exercise and prostate cancer risk have mostly shown that men who exercise may have a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
9. TALK TO YOUR COACH
Some men have an increased risk of prostate cancer. For men with a higher risk of prostate cancer, there may be other options for risk reduction. If you think you might have a higher risk of prostate cancer, discuss it with your doctor.