Stay Healthy – Prevent Prostate Cancer

prostate-cancer As men age, prostate problems become a major health issue. According to statistics, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, preceded only by skin cancer. One out of six men, suffer from prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is completely curable, if diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

Prostate cancer prevention
Diet
People living in the Mediterranean countries have lesser risk of prostate cancer. Switching to Mediterranean diet could help to prevent prostate cancer. To reduce prostate cancer risk, specifically include garlic, scallions, tomatoes and whole-wheat products in your diet. Organosulfur compounds present in garlic and scallions, lycopene present in tomato and dietary fibers present in whole grain products prevent development of cancer cells in the body. High level of testosterone, responsible for development of prostate cancer, could be reduced significantly with dietary fibers. Wine, especially red wine is also capable of preventing prostate cancer.

Reseveratol, an antioxidant compound found in red wine, could inhibit growth of malignant cells in the prostate. However, you should stick to moderate drinking, consuming 4 to 8 glasses of wine per week. Tea, especially green tea drinkers have lower risk of prostate cancer. Studies have found that tea is capable of reducing the level of polyamine in the body. This compound is known to trigger growth of malignant cells in the prostate.

Reduce weight
According to studies, compared to men with normal body weight, overweight men are more prone to prostate cancer. To prevent prostate cancer, ensure that your body mass index (BMI) is normal.

Ejaculation
According to studies, frequent ejaculations reduce the chance of prostate cancer. Men who have around twenty-one ejaculations every month have 33 percent less chance of having prostate cancer than men who have 4 to 7 ejaculations per month. Frequent ejaculations, it is believed helps to flash out cancer causing substances present in the seminal fluid.

Prostate cancer vaccine
Although, it is too early to say, but a vaccine named Provenge could help to cure prostate cancer. This vaccine cannot prevent prostate cancer. But when injected in the body of a prostate cancer patient, it prompts the immune system to identify and kill the cancer cells. The ensuing clinical trials have shown positive results, and we can hope that this vaccine will soon be available for prostate cancer patients.