Month: September 2020

  • September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!!!!

    National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed
    every September in the United States by health experts and
    advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.
    Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of
    increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health
    and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and
    advocating for further research on prostate health issues.

    Risk Factors
    There are several risk factors associated with prostate cancer,
    including family history, race, and diet, but the most common
    factor is age. Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About
    six in ten cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is
    rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is
    about 66.

    Who is most at risk at being diagnosed?
    The average age of a prostate cancer diagnosis is 66, according to
    the ACS, and it’s rare to be diagnosed with prostate cancer before
    the age of 40. This is why testing isn’t usually suggested until you
    are at least 45.

    The men most affected by prostate cancer are older than 50. Your
    chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with
    age, too. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the
    following is a list of a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer
    at different age ranges:
    Before 50: 1 in 403
    Between 50 and 59: 1 in 58
    Between 60 and 69: 1 in 21
    Between 70 and 79: 1 in 14

    The chances of being diagnosed with the disease continue to rise
    after 80.

    Prostate Cancer Prevention
    As we’ve seen with high diagnosis rates in men in their 80s and
    90s, prostate cancer is almost inevitable if you live long enough.
    This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take all the steps we can to try
    and prevent the cancer cells from triggering and metastasizing.

    Here are some steps you can take that may help push back
    a diagnosis:

    Healthy Diet:
    Eating certain foods like vegetables, fruits, and fish (which is high
    in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats) is recommended
    because it takes away from eating fatty foods, like pork, fried food,
    and cheese, which play a role in weight gain. People with higher
    body mass indexes (above 30) have been shown to have an
    increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

    Related to healthy food helping maintain weight, exercising can be
    beneficial in terms of maintaining a healthy BMI. An increase in
    exercise, paired with a healthier diet, can help you drop weight
    quickly and get to proper BMI levels.

    Reduce stress:
    Stress has been shown to aid the progression of active cancer cells
    in your prostate. It also negatively affects your immune system,
    which is constantly fighting cancer cells when they’re present.
    These preventative steps are also recommended for other types of
    cancers and diseases. While they may not explicitly reduce your
    risk of getting prostate cancer, following these steps won’t
    increase your chances of developing the disease.
    If you have any questions or concerns regarding a prostate cancer
    diagnosis—or think you may have the disease—contact your
    doctor immediately.

    For more information and resources about Prostate Cancer
    Prevention, please visit the following web sites:

    Stay Healthy & Safe!
    Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc.