SAN DIEGO, September 3, 2013 — September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time for increasing public awareness about this devastating disease.
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men, primarily affecting men who are over 50.
The American Cancer Society estimated in 2012 that “241,740 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 28,170 men will die from prostate cancer.”
Prostate cancer is relatively slow-growing, and there are no obvious symptoms indicating early onset.
It is recommended that men over the age of 50 begin annual prostate cancer screenings. According to Carolyn C. Ross, M.D., M.P.H in Real Healing, “Men should be screened beginning at age 50 using the PSA (prostate specific antigen—a blood test), further recommending a digital prostate exam.” She cautions African-American men or men with a family history of prostate cancer to begin screening at age 40.
Dr. Aaron Katz, Director for the Center of Holistic Urology, and author of “The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer: Everything you need to know about conventional and integrative therapies,” discusses research studies that offer basic recommendations which may help with prevention:
-Taking the anti-inflammatory Zyflamend, a natural supplement, may decrease or reverse precancerous prostate lesions.
-Pomegranate extract can help reduce prostate cancer growth.
-Vitamin D can shut down a particular pathway to prostate cancer cell growth.
-A plant-based diet is recommended, including the elimination of red meats and those which are grilled.
-Reducing fats, eliminating fried foods and sugar reduces risk factors.
-Foods high in lycopene, such as tomatoes and watermelon, may also be preventive.
With 30 million American men living with some form of a prostate-related diagnosis, it is critically important to be aware of any potential symptoms. Seek immediate professional advice if you experience any of the following symptoms, provided by the National Cancer Institute:
-A need to urinate frequently, especially at night.
-Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine.
-Inability to urinate.
-Weak or interrupted flow.
-Difficulty having an erection.
-Blood in urine or semen.
-Pain or stiffness in the lower back or upper thighs.
It’s important to keep in mind that having prostate-related symptoms does not mean that you have prostate cancer, but it is critical to rule it out as soon as possible. The good news is that with proper treatment from a urologist, you have the opportunity to improve quality of life, gain peace of mind, be better informed, and help prevent the advent of prostate cancer.
Even though it’s a disease that only afflicts men, the impact of prostate cancer can be staggering to the women who love you, whether you are a husband, father, brother, son or friend.
Concerned women across the country are standing up and joining the fight against prostate cancer.
The national organization, Women Against Prostate Cancer (WAPC), whose mission is “working to unite the voices and provide support for the millions of women affected by prostate cancer and their families,” is an invaluable resource for women. It provides empowerment through awareness, education, resources, screenings, and information about the treatment options available to the men in their lives. It also offers women the opportunity to participate in advocacy efforts towards raising awareness in support of men’s health.
You can contact the WAPC at:
Women Against Prostate Cancer
236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Throughout the month of September, men and women across the country are showing their support for men’s health and will “Wear Blue.” Go to menshealth.org to learn how you can become more involved.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities” columnist since 2011, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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