September Is Prostate Health Awareness Month
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland found only in males. It makes some of the fluid that is part of semen.
The prostate is below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The size of the prostate changes with age. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men.
Prostate Cancer by the Numbers
1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime
6 cases in 10 are diagnosed men aged 65 or older
1 man in 39 will die of prostate cancer
4th most common cancer diagnosed worldwide
Estimated that 3 million American men are living with Prostate Cancer
Approximately 160,000 new cases of Prostate Cancer each year
3 Most Common Conditions that Occur in the Prostate
Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland. Prostatitis often causes painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms are pain in the groin, pelvic, or genital regions.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is prostate gland enlargement. BPH is a common condition as men get older.
Prostate Cancer is cancer that occurs in the man’s prostate.
Instead of focusing on specific foods, dietitians, physicians, and researchers recommend an overall pattern of healthy eating — and healthy eating is easier than you might think. In a nutshell, here’s what experts recommend:
- Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Go for those with deep, bright color.
- Choose whole-grain bread instead of white bread, and choose whole-grain pasta and cereals.
- Limit your consumption of red meat, including beef, pork, lamb, and goat, and processed meats, such as bologna and hot dogs. Fish, skinless poultry, beans, and eggs are healthier sources of protein.
- Choose healthful fats, such as olive oil, nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), and avocados. Limit saturated fats from dairy and other animal products. Avoid partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats), which are in many fast foods and packaged foods.
- Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks, such as sodas and many fruit juices. Eat sweets as an occasional treat.
- Cut down on salt. Choose foods low in sodium by reading and comparing food labels. Limit the use of canned, processed, and frozen foods.
- Watch portion sizes. Eat slowly, and stop eating when you are full.
In addition to eating a healthy diet, you should stay active. Regular exercise pares down your risk of developing some deadly problems, including heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. And although relatively few studies have directly assessed the impact of exercise on prostate health, those that have been done have concluded, for the most part, that exercise is beneficial.