15 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer
Just hearing those two words is more than enough to get any man squirming in his seat.
This squirming may not be related so much to the cancer itself, but rather the prostate exam associated. And while I’ll be the first to admit, a prostate exam is by no means the most comfortable experience you will have in your lifetime, it is unquestionably better than the alternative.
Because the alternative is prostate cancer.
And I have no doubt that if you asked 100 men which they would prefer, you would get those 100 men in the doctor’s office quicker than you could say “take off your pants.”
Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in the male population, and similarly, also has the second highest incidence of mortality of all cancers in males. So, to put it simply, prostate cancer occurs often, and kills often.
Prostate cancer occurs when the normal cells of the prostate begin to develop and grow abnormally. The abnormal prostate cells proceed to multiply at a rapid rate, and in an uncontrollable manner, in which they then become cancerous.
Once these cancerous cells have developed, they begin to spread throughout the body.
Cancer of the prostate tends to develop at a slow rate, and during these initial stages, has minimal symptoms. So much so that it is not uncommon to hear of cases where an individual has had early stage prostate cancer for years without any symptoms (and only realise when it does start to spread).
The likelihood of developing prostate cancer increases significantly as we age, and considering the fact that it is hard to detect in its early stages, prevention strategies are key to maintaining a high level of prostate health.
Fortunately, there are a number of things we can do to maintain a healthy prostate, and limit our risk of prostate cancer. Here are 15 ways you can reduce your risk of prostate cancer!
1. Drink Pomegranate Juice
The daily consumption of pomegranate juice has shown to cause significant reductions in levels of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) within the prostate. PSA is a known indicator of early stage prostate cancer, with high levels showing a strong relationship with the early onset of prostate cancer.
So, to put it simply, drinking pomegranate juice on the regular can improve your prostate health, and reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer immediately!
2. Have Regular Sex
The prostate is a small gland that actually plays an important role within the reproductive system, where it produces the fluid that makes up semen. Strangely, this fluid has been said to have mild cancer causing properties that become benign (or ineffective) once secreted.
But, it has been suggested that infrequent ejaculation (and thus the ‘holding’ of this fluid within the prostate) may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
So, by having sex on the regular, we can increase the turnover of this fluid, and improve prostate health. Pretty good excuse (not that we need one) if you ask me.