Did you know one in seven men in the US will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime? At Dignity Health Central Coast, our cancer experts understand the risks and can help you learn more about prostate cancer prevention and early detection.
While there is no sure way to completely prevent this common genitourinary cancer, highly effective screening tests and prevention strategies can help you stay healthy and enjoy life. Find a Doctor today to learn more about how to prevent prostate cancer on the Central Coast of California.
Prostate Cancer Prevention Tips from Dignity Health Central Coast
Men are born with some risk factors for prostate cancer that they can’t change. Some known risks include:
- Age since 60 percent of prostate cancers occur in men older than 65
- Family history of prostate cancer
- African American race
- Genetics, especially gene mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
A Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will discuss your specific risks and recommend cancer screenings for men. These tests, including digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA), allow doctors to find many prostate cancers early when they respond best to treatment.
Prostate cancer prevention starts with changing the risk factors that you can control. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle by:
- Being physically active most of the week
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating foods for prostate cancer prevention, which includes a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Quitting smoking
Some studies suggest that vitamin supplements and medicines can help prevent prostate cancer. Schedule an appointment with a Dignity Health doctor to discuss a healthy lifestyle for prostate cancer prevention on the Central Coast of California.
Dignity Health offers comprehensive cancer care with humankindness to help you stay healthy and prevent prostate cancer on California’s Central Coast.