Protection from Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men, second only behind skin cancer. It’s important to know how to keep yourself protected.

For starters, the prostate is a small gland in men that produces seminal fluid. Most prostate cancers grow slowly and stay in the prostate. Therefore, detecting this cancer early, while it’s still confined to the gland, creates the best chance for successful treatment.

Symptoms

Early stages of prostate cancer show no symptoms. More advanced symptoms include:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decrease force in the urine stream
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Bone pain
  • Weight loss

Risk factors of prostate cancer include:

  • Men over 50
  • Race (Black men have a higher risk)
  • Family history
  • Obesity

Prevention is possible! Reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, exercising multiple days a week and maintaining a healthy weight. Talk to your doctor about your risk and have regular checkups. If you’re over 55, you should have a prostate exam every two to three years.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prostate-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20353087