WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?
In Ireland, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer. Each year over 3,400 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland. This means that one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Although there are many men with this disease, most men do not die from it. Only men have a prostate. It is a small gland that sits below the bladder near the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, the passage in the penis through which urine and semen pass.
African-Americans have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It produces most of the fluid that makes up semen that enriches sperm. The prostate needs the male hormone testosterone to grow and develop.
The prostate is often described as being the size of a walnut and it is normal for it to grow as men age. Sometimes this can cause problems, such as difficulty urinating. These problems are common in older men and not always symptoms or signs of cancer.
The cause of prostate cancer is unknown at present. But there are things called risk factors that can increase your chance of getting the disease.
Risk Factors For Prostate Cancer Include:
Age: Your risk increases as you get older. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer are aged over 50 years.
Family history: Men whose brother or father developed prostate cancer at a young age have an increasedrisk.
Race: African-American and African-Caribbean men are more at risk than other ethnic groups.
- Diet: Men who eat a lot of red meat and high-fat dairy products and not enough green vegetables may have a slightly higher chance of getting prostate cancer.
- Genetics: Genes are found in every cell of the body. They control the way the cells in the body grow and behave. Every person has a set of many thousands of genes inherited from both parents. Changes to genes can increase the risk of prostate cancer being passed from parent to child. Although prostate cancer can’t be inherited, a man can inherit genes that can increase the risk.
- Diet: There is some evidence to suggest that eating a lot of processed meat or food that is high in fat can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Lifestyle: There is evidence to show that environment and lifestyle can affect the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Reducing The Risk Of Developing Prostate Cancer
There is no evidence that the following protective factors can stop prostate cancer from developing, but they can improve your overall health and possibly reduce the risk of prostate cancer:
- Diet: Eat meals that are nutritious. Refer to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. What is good for the heart is good for the prostate.
- Physical activity/exercise: There is some evidence to show that physical activity and regular exercise can be protective factors for cancer. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes of a day.
What Are The Symptoms?
In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. In the later stages, some symptoms of prostate cancer might include:
- Feeling the frequent or sudden need to urinate
- Finding it difficult to urinate (for example, trouble starting or not being able to urinate when the feeling is there or poor urine flow)
- Discomfort when urinating
- Finding blood in urine or semen
- Pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips.
These symptoms may not mean you have prostate cancer, but if you experience any of them, go and see your doctor.
How Do I Know If My Prostate Is Healthy?
Urine flow is a good indicator of prostate problems. If your once proud stream of urine has dwindled to a feeble trickle, you’ll need to see your GP.
There are a variety of reasons for a change in the pressure of urine flow, such as a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatitis – inflammation or infection of the prostate.
Prostate cancer doesn’t always affect the urinary stream until the disease is advanced, so it isn’t a reliable indicator on its own.
Symptoms to look out for are getting up more at night to urinate, dribbling before or after urinating, and a weak urine flow.
Less common symptoms include pain in the testicles, problems getting an erection, pain when ejaculating, pain when passing urine and blood in the urine.
Is Age A Factor?
Prostate cancer usually affects men over 50 and approximately half of this age group also show signs of prostate enlargement. According to Cancer Research UK, the largest number of cases is diagnosed in those aged 70 to 74.
One in 25 men (3.8 per cent) will die from the disease and around 7 in 10 newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients now survive beyond five years. Prostatitis can affect men of any age.
Is There A Genetic Link?
Look at your family tree. Has your father, grandfather, uncle or brother had prostate cancer? If this is the case, then you have a greater risk of developing the disease.
It’s hoped that in the future genetic profiling will be developed in order to identify men with a high risk.
Tell your doctor if any family members have had the disease so you can be given regular blood tests to monitor your Prostate specific antigen (PSA).
There is also a clear link between obesity and cancer – putting on those extra cuddly pounds around your waist doubles your risk of dying of cancer.
Reduce your fat intake and replace saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Saturated fats are found in found in meat, some margarines, crisps, chips, and many processed foods.
Lower salt intake and drink moderately. Avoid too much cured meat such as smoked dishes, or processed hams, as they may contain carcinogens, a substance that may promote or aggravate cancer.
Drink Plenty Of The Right Stuff
Japanese and Chinese men have very low levels of prostate cancer and green tea is thought to be one reason why. This is because it’s rich in polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties.
Alcohol and fizzy drinks are rich in sugar, which can pile on the pounds. Instead, you should try to drink six to eight glasses of water each day to help flush out the kidneys and keep the body hydrated.
Exercise helps to balance hormone levels, prevent obesity and boost the immune system. And it’s never too late – studies have shown that exercise is still beneficial for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are receiving treatment for it.
Scientists in Boston found that maintaining a healthy weight and diet helps cancer sufferers live longer. Results of the trial, involving over 900 men, showed that overweight men with prostate cancer doubled their risk of death in the five years after the study, compared to men who maintained a healthy weight.
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- It lowers cholesterol level in the body
- It prevents widespread pains due to Arthritis and Rheumatism
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- It prevents Dizziness
- It is useful for Eczema
- It prevents menstrual cramps
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Health Benefits of 40 Plus for Men:
- It is beneficial for men who suffer from prostrate problem(Urinating problem)
- It relieves the swelling of the prostrate gland
- It helps regular and easy urination
- It invigorates the male reproductive organs
- It enhances sexual performance even after the age of 40
- It also boosts the energy level of the body. An ideal tonic for men above 40 years