According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. There are also 26,120 deaths from this type of cancer each year. You should be checked for prostate cancer by your doctor regularly. Your doctor will decide at what age this should be started and how often this is. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help lower your chances of developing prostate cancer. If you do develop this cancer, however, you should know that for most men the five-year survival rate is 99%, and 98% of men with prostate cancer are alive after 10 years. These are great odds but only if you get the proper treatment.
Ways to Lower Your Chances
If you like coffee, research suggests drinking six or more cups of coffee per day will lower your chances by 60% of developing prostate cancer.
Do not turn to the many restaurants that serve the high calorie coffees, however; instead a simple cup of black coffee works best. If you do not like coffee, use some different flavors available on the market to help make it taste better. There are single coffee packs so you can try them out before you buy the coffee.
Coffee is an acquired taste so keep trying if you continue not liking it. You may surprise yourself that you will look forward to a cup each morning when you wake up.
According to studies, men that have a high fat diet have an increased chance of developing prostate cancer. For this reason, make sure you eat a low-fat diet. Stay away from snacks like potato chips and candy. Some low-fat food you should eat include apples with the skin removed, kidney beans, low fat ground beef, multi-grain bread, raw celery, and carrots.
These are just a few low-fat foods you can choose. If you need help, talk with a nutritionist who can help you come up with a diet plan.
Prostate Cancer Treatment
If you do develop prostate cancer, the type of treatment you receive will depend on your individual case. Some types of treatments you doctor may choose include:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Vaccine treatment
Your doctor can go over these treatments with you in detail. No matter what they choose, it is important that you do exactly what the doctor tells you so you can get rid of this cancer and go into remission.
If you have a family history of prostate cancer, your doctor may want to see you more often to ensure you do not develop it and to get it treated early if you do.