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What are common risk factors associated with prostate cancer?

  • After age 50 the likelihood of developing prostate cancer increases greatly.
  • It is unknown why but African American men have a larger risk of developing this cancer.
  • Your risk increases if a closes family member such as father or brother is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • Maintaining a diet high in fat and/or obesity may increase your risk of prostate cancer.

Can prostate cancer be found before a man has symptoms?

Yes. Nearly 90 percent of all prostate cancers are currently diagnosed at an early stage, and, owing to this, men are surviving longer after diagnosis. There are two tests that are used to detect prostate cancer in the absence of any symptoms. The first is the digital rectal exam (DRE), in which a doctor feels the prostate through the rectum to find hard or lumpy areas. The second is a blood test used to detect a substance made by the prostate called prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

What steps can I take to help prevent prostate problems?

  • Lower intake of most meats and dairy products, along with decreased sugar and starch intake. Common foods associated with increased oestrogen levels.
  • Moderate physical exercise and regular ejaculation also appear to contribute to prostate health.

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