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5 Steps to Preventing Prostate Cancer

5 Steps to Preventing Prostate Cancer
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BY PETER MINKOFF

Prostate cancer is one of the biggest health threats to a modern man and, while many think there’s little they can do, this is actually far from the truth. Adopting a new lifestyle, changing habits, paying attention to your mental health, visiting your doctor more often and sticking to your medicine are some of the ways to avoid this cancer. However, not all men are responsible enough, which is why they need to be constantly reminded why these methods are vital. If you too are looking for a way to prevent prostate cancer, here are five effective steps that will help you do so.

Red food…

Although it sounds too bizarre to be true, certain foods can lower your chances of getting a prostate cancer in the long run – others, mind you, can have the opposite effect, so avoid them at all costs. Red foods like watermelons and tomatoes, for instance, have been proven effective due to their high lycopene count. This antioxidant can be found in their rich structure and a number of searches have deduced that it lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Nevertheless, not all tomatoes and watermelons are equally effective – since more lycopene means more redness, pick the reddest pieces you can find, and you’ll surely do your prostate a huge favor.

... And red wine

Speaking of fine dining, here’s another way to prevent prostate cancer that can be quite fun to explore: drink more red wine! A group of researchers from the Harvard Medical School discovered that red grapes are full of resveratrol, another antioxidant that “induces prostate cancer cell death by a process called apoptosis (cell suicide).” This basically means that more red wine will lower your cell count and thus prevent prostate cancer for those who consume it daily. However, it’s important not to go overboard because red wine isn’t medicine after all and, if you can’t handle alcohol, consume it moderately.

Masturbation and sex

No matter how strange this sounds, masturbation can actually help when it comes to prostate cancer. The reason for this is quite clear – studies have shown that regular ejaculation lowers the level of seminal fluid in your body and since it can often be carcinogenic, this process, consequently, drastically reduces the risk of prostate cancer. But, be aware of your age as well: masturbation is more effective as you get older, while younger men have shown better results when being more sexually active. The results are the same, so that’s another reason to get busy in the sack, as if you ever needed one!

Prevention and treatment

Since prostate cancer is so widespread, it’s no surprise that modern medical practices offer exams, tests, scans and biopsies that can answer all your questions and put your worries to rest. That’s why visiting your physician regularly is the best way to find out if you’re at risk or not. Unfortunately, this isn’t something a lot of men do, so it’s important to raise awareness of the benefits that come with regular check-ups and treatments. In order to be completely sure what’s going on, you have to find the most experienced professional you can reach.   Many men in Australia, Canada and other parts of the world look at the research done by Dr Haddad and seek his advice when it comes to prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.

No more smoking

After you’ve battled prostate cancer, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t reappear in the future, which is why so many doctors advise their patients to stop smoking as soon as possible. This is also effective as a way to prevent cancer in the first place since this is one of the worst habits out there. A 2003 study, for example, examines the relation between smoking and prostate cancer in middle-aged men and states that smokers were under more danger than nonsmokers and are more prone to developing prostate cancer as they get older. Of course, this is just one of the reasons why you should ditch cigarettes and, besides the risk of lung cancer, should be enough to make you stop.

Other methods

Some of the other ways to prevent prostate cancer include adopting a healthier diet, drinking green tea, exercising regularly and visiting your urologist more often.

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Peter Minkoff
Peter Minkoff is a gay health writer at Gay Life After 40 magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.