Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and the older men get the higher the chance of getting this disease. Prostate cancer develops slowly is mostly unheard of in men under the age of 50. A healthy diet and annual checkups can keep you on the right path. The prostate is a walnut sized gland right below a man’s bladder and its function is to produce semen. It has been shown that African Americans have the highest prostate cancer rate in the world and while this disease is unheard of in Asia, South America and Africa prostate cancer is most common in the United States. Some symptoms can include frequent urination, especially at night, a sense of urgency to urinate but difficulty in beginning. Also painful urination, blood in your urine, an inability to urinate or interrupted flows and a continued pain in your lower back, upper thighs and pelvis. Although these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer it is always recommended to visit a doctor if these symptoms do become obvious.
There are many foods that can aid you in not only preventing prostate cancer but in keeping your prostate healthy and strong. Try to eat at least three serving of broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage per week, as this alone will reduce your chances of prostate cancer by 41%. The thing is that these cruciferous vegetables contain two phytochemicals called isothiocyanates and glucosinolates, which are considered to aid in deactivating cancer-causing substances. It is interesting to note that these foods are not only great in preventing prostate cancer but, stomach, colon, bladder, breast and lung cancer as well. Men who consumed tomato sauce three times per week also lowered their risk of prostate cancer by almost 25% and men who ate pasta with tomato sauce lowered their PSA level and had less DNA damage to their prostate tissues then those men who did not include tomato sauce in their diets. Also the lycopene inside a tomato and which gives tomatoes its red color has been linked to lowering ones chance of prostate cancer. Make sure to eat plenty of fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout and catfish as the omega-3 fatty acids aids in stopping the development of cancer and it has been shown in tests that men who do not consume fatty fish are three times more likely to get prostate cancer. You can also help yourself by eating less fats and adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet. Another contributor to developing prostate cancer is the plastic packaging used for bottled water. Toxic chemicals used for packaging water can break down and seep into the water within and cause much damage to your body. A diet high in fiber is recommended and credited with reducing the chances of one getting prostate cancer although in order for a high fiber diet to be effective a person should drink at least one cup of water for each 20 pounds of body weight and supplement their diet with plenty of sources of calcium, iron and zinc. With a properly balance diet one can enjoy their latter years and keep themselves healthy and strong against prostate cancer and have true quality of life.