Because health experts don’t fully understand what causes prostate cancer, it can’t be entirely prevented. However, men can lower their risk with regular cancer screenings and healthy lifestyle choices.
At Dignity Health North State, we offer screening tests and prevention strategies to help you stay healthy. Find a Doctor today to talk about how to prevent prostate cancer in Northern California. Our doctors, nurses and specialists provide complete oncology care for patients of all ages.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Certain risk factors may affect a man’s likelihood of developing prostate cancer, including:
- Age older than 65
- African American race
- Family history of prostate cancer
- Gene mutations, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
- Lifestyle factors, including not exercising and smoking
How to Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer
Screening tests can help your doctor find prostate cancer early, before you have symptoms. Screening tests for prostate cancer include DRE (digital rectal exam) and PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. During a DRE, your doctor will physically examine your prostate to check for abnormalities. A PSA test is a blood test that tells your doctor how much prostate-specific antigen is present in the blood. Higher levels could indicate the presence of prostate cancer.
These lifestyle tips can also help reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer:
- Be physically active most days of the week.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy foods, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.
If you’re interested in knowing more about preventing prostate cancer, talk with your doctor at Dignity Health. If you are in need of treatment, our team of doctors, nurses, technicians, and other health professionals offer compassionate care to help you through your journey with prostate cancer.