5 things you didn’t know about your prostate
The prostate is an unknown part of the body for many. Educating yourself on the prostate and how it functions can be game changer on how to approach certain prostate conditions such as Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is more common than breast cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men: it is the second most common cause of death from cancer among men. There is a higher risk for men developing prostate cancer than women developing breast cancer.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is not related to prostate cancer
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is when the prostate enlarges. BPH has no relation to prostate cancer, and also doesn’t increase your risk.
Black men are at a higher risk
In the United States, African-American men and Caribbean men of African descent and more likely to develop prostate cancer. Research shows that African-American men are twice more likely to die from prostate cancer compared to white men. In addition, statistics prove that Asian-American and Latino men are less likely to get prostate cancer than white men. There is no conclusive evidence why racial differences affect the development and prognosis of prostate cancer.
Your Diet Matters
Keeping your insulin and glucose levels low is paramount to fighting cancer. Walnuts and broccoli contain certain nutrients and minerals that help fight prostate cancer. It is recommended to consume a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Prostate cancer can run in the family. This link suggests that a genetic factor might be the cause. However, the majority prostate cancer cases occur in men without a family history. If you have a father or brother with prostate cancer, it is important to get screened. Those who have a father or brother with prostate cancer are 2x likely to develop the disease.
Visit a doctor if you have any concerns regarding your prostate. If you show physical symptoms or have a family history, opting for a cancer screening can save your life. Dr. Elist is a male sexual health expert that specializes in urology, specifically in impotency, male sexual dysfunction, and infertility.