How to Protect You from Prostate Cancer

By Hui Xie-Zukauskas

Imagine how this may apply to you — about 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and estimated about 29,720 men will die of prostate cancer in 2013 (statistics from American Cancer Society). It’s quite somber. I’m here to help you stay away from it, and today I provide top 10 ways to prevent prostate cancer.

1.      Watch your PSA for early detection, esp. at age 40-75, or having a family history or being an African-American. Age is a major risk factor of prostate cancer – as you’re aging, the risk of prostate cancer increases.
2.      Keep a healthy, balanced diet, which is in your control. Avoid SAD (Standard American Diet) leading to imbalance of nutrients and hormones, and go for PAD (Promising Anti-cancer Diet). Learn more on How to Replace SAD with PAD for Cancer Prevention.
3.      Stay physically active.  Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to cancer risks.
4.      Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity itself may not increase the risk of prostate cancer; however, it has been linked with a higher risk of getting a more aggressive type of prostate cancer.
5.      Avoid toxic chemicals and carcinogens from all sources, such as synthetic household cleaners, artificial sweeteners, processed food products, etc.
6.      Steer clear of toxic metals in your body, such as mercury, aluminum, lead, and other heavy metals, which are deep roots for fatigue and illnesses. Unfortunately overlooked by many folks, drinking water could be a main source. Tap water may not be safe to drink because of hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals, metals and contaminants.  Again in reality, it makes up 40% of bottled water. That’s why drinking filtered water is critically important.
7.      Avoid or minimize your exposure to environmental pollutants.
8.      Limit radiation exposure (except necessary therapy), e.g. CAT scan (containing 50% more radiation than conventional X-ray), some mobile phones and radon. Radiation is a known carcinogen.
9.      Quit smoking and limit alcohol. Research supports that lifetime alcohol consumption may pose an increased risk of prostate cancer.
10.  Ensure enough sleep. Recent studies show that sleep loss and circadian disruption may have a potential impact on prostate cancer risk. Furthermore, shift work resulting in disruption of circadian rhythm is a probable human carcinogen, according to IARC (The International Agency for Research on Cancer of World Health Organization). So, dream sweet dreams.

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