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Prostate Cancer

The last issue of, dealt with cancer in general with emphases on breast cancer in women. This issue we'll look at prostate cancer, one of the greatest killer of men -- Black men in particular. The potential for developing this disease starts in the early '40's for Black men and later in life for white men. The risks for prostate cancer increases with age.

Next to lung cancer prostate cancer is the leading cause of death in men. It is expected that this year the U.S alone will see an estimated 234,460 cases of prostate cancer, and 2, 350 deaths.

African American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, with estimates for them having prostate cancer at 2.4 times greater than white men, 1.5 times as likely as white men, and a 60 percent higher incident rate of prostate cancer than white men.

The common symptoms for men with prostate cancer are: Urination problems: Starting and stopping,  weak flow, pain or burning during urination, and the need to urinate often, especially at night. Also problems having an erection.
There're three major risk factors for developing prostate cancer: age, family history, and race. Over which we have no control.

Living a Healthy Life Style

In the previous article we mention that the best cancer prevention starts with a healthy life style. And posted many links to good information.
Exposure to carcinogens in our work place can't be helped along with harmful chemicals in our homes. Prevention through healthy life-style choices, knowing what foods to eat -- foods that protect our cellular structure -- vitamin and mineral supplements is the pre-emptive strike against all types of cancer, not just prostrate.

Minerals like zinc in particular which is found in almost every cell in the body. Selenium, another prominent mineral, has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Vitamin E also decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer, but the proper level of consumption is critical for high blood pressure sufferers. Seek professional advise.

Bear in mind you can consume to much of a good thing. Despite great health benefits, over-consumption can have negative consequences. This include the right amount of vitamins, minerals, fruits, and vegetables. Seek qualified help.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found mostly in tomatoes, and is even more beneficial when tomatoes are cooked. It is also found, in watermelons, pink grapefruit, papaya, and guava.
A good rule of thumb for choosing the right foods is that they're pink on the inside.

High PSA
There're studies that shows that green tea and Indole-3 carbinol kill prostate cancer cells, and lower high Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA).

Indole-3-carbinol is found in Brassica vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts.

Men being what they are. It behooves the women in their lives to keep them on the right health track. Choose the right foods for your man. Thank you.

Nutrition and Prostate Cancer

Green Tea Kills Prostate Cancer

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