September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that, after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men? But, as is also true with skin cancer, the good news is that there are ways to help reduce your risk.
Four easy lifestyle habits to help prevent prostate cancer:
- Enjoy Italian Food
In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men who ate more than two servings of tomato sauce a week had a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who ate less than a serving per month. It is thought that certain compounds in the cooked tomatoes may shield DNA strands from breakage.
- Drink Responsibly
Recent Finnish research finds that consuming more than 3 alcoholic drinks per week results in a higher risk of prostate cancer than for individuals consuming 3 or less. As the body metabolizes alcohol, it creates carcinogenic molecules, which are only okay in moderation.
- Quit Smoking
You really shouldn’t need another reason to quit but… research indicates that smokers are more likely to die of prostate cancer than those that have never smoked. One possible factor is that carcinogens from tobacco smoke may promote the creation of tumors.
- Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit
Recently, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that men eating the most legumes (roughly 6 ounces/week) had half the prostate cancer risk of those consuming less. As the body digests the fiber in beans, it decreases inflammation, which may play a role in the development of tumors.
For more information about prostate cancer, including detection, symptoms, and treatment options, visit our website to learn more about prostate cancer or call us, at 609.924.6487 to schedule an appointment.