May 01, 2015

Prostate cancer prevention

Risk, progression and recurrence

Prostate cancer prevention

Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in men in the United States, as well as a leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men.

When it comes to risk of developing prostate cancer — or having prostate cancer recur — there are several major risk factors that you can't do anything about, such as being male, your age, family history and ethnicity.

Is there anything you can do?

There probably is, and practicing healthy lifestyle habits is the leading candidate. Studies conflict on whether there's a cause and effect between lifestyle factors and prostate cancer risk. However, most experts agree that healthy lifestyle habits make a difference. These lifestyle factors are important to help your body fight the tumor and also to tolerate any treatments.

The link between a healthy lifestyle and reduced prostate cancer risk is often strong. Moreover, it's well-established that the leading cause of death among men with prostate cancer isn't the cancer itself, which is often slow-growing. Rather, other health problems, such as a heart attack or other forms of cardiovascular disease, are more likely to result in death.

Fortunately, many lifestyle habits that may reduce your risk of prostate cancer are also proven to help reduce your risk of other serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease.

Basic preventive factors

If you're looking for ways to prevent or avoid dying of prostate cancer, the greatest effect can likely be had by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco products and...