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Healthy Choices for Prostate Cancer Prevention in Central California

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor in the prostate gland. One in seven men in the US will be affected by prostate cancer during their lifetime. However, screening tests and prevention strategies can help lower your risks. 

At Dignity Health Central California hospitals, our experts are committed to your health and well-being. For more information on how to prevent prostate cancer in Central California, Find a Doctor online and make an appointment. We offer advanced technologies for the detection and treatment of prostate cancer with humankindness.


Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

The cause of prostate cancer isn’t fully known. However, health experts have identified risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing it.

Risk factors for prostate cancer include: 

  • Smoking
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Age 65 and older
  • African American race
  • Gene mutations, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Lack of exercise


Reducing Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

The best way to help prevent prostate cancer is to change the risk factors you can control, such as lifestyle habits. Lifestyle tips for prostate health include:

  • Get regular physical activity.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.


Screening for Prostate Cancer at Dignity Health Central California

There is no specific way to prevent prostate cancer. However, screening tests can help find prostate cancers early, before symptoms begin. Screening tests include the PSA test, a blood test that shows the level of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, and the DRE (digital rectal exam), which is a physical exam of the prostate. 

If you are concerned about prostate cancer, Dignity Health Central California can help you gain peace of mind.

Dignity Health Central California hospitals offer strategies for the early detection and prevention of prostate cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.