Preventing Prostate Cancer, the Number Two Cancer Killer of Men

2010-03-01 | |
Last updated: 2010-03-01

How Can Men Prevent Prostate Cancer?

So if the risk of the cancer increase with age and it has genetic characteristics, one might question what prevention can do to reduce the risk. After all, prevention requires effort and nobody wants to make an effort for minimal gains. Fortunately, there are a number of ways of reducing the risk of developing the disease that are within a person’s control.

Preventing Prostate Cancer With Exercise

One important means of reducing Prostate Cancer risk is the frequently mentioned value of exercise. In a study from Duke University Prostate Center, the researchers found that the risk of developing the cancer was 85% higher for men who were sedentary as compared to men who had the equivalent of 3 to 6 hours of walking per week. Furthermore the risk of the cancer being the most aggressive form was 2.3 times higher in those who were sedentary as compared to those who only did the equivalent of 1 to 3 hours of walking per week. Clearly, even a little bit of regular activity can reduce the risks considerably.

Better Managing Weight To Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

Related to exercise, another means of reducing risk for the cancer is associated with weight management. Research performed, in part, by the UCLA School of Medicine found that the risk factor for development of the cancer in obese men was 98% higher than for men of normal weight. An equally troubling finding from the same study, however, was that in obese men, blood tests were much less likely to detect the cancer. Maintaining a healthy diet cuts both of these risks.

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Category: Disease Prevention, Health Risks, Medical Research

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