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
There're three major risk factors for developing
prostate cancer: age, family history, and race. Over which we have no
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
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
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
A good rule of thumb for
choosing the right foods is that they're pink on the inside.
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.
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