Catching prostate cancer in its earliest stages allows the highest chance for successful treatment. Talk to your doctor about when to begin cancer screenings.
Prostate Cancer: Early Detection Is Key To Successful Treatment
We can often diagnose prostate cancer early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. Your doctor may also diagnose prostate cancer using a digital rectal exam (DRE).
The American Cancer Society recommends screening for prostate cancer starting at age 50; however, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of testing so you can decide if testing is the right choice for you. Learn more about cancer screening guidelines for men.
Prostate Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle Changes
While you cannot eliminate your risk of developing prostate cancer, you can minimize some of your risk with certain lifestyle changes. These include:
- Eat a healthy diet. We can help you plan a healthy, balanced diet. Your diet should be low in fat, especially animal fat. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and fish.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of prostate cancer.
- Exercise. Exercising regularly may help reduce your risk of prostate cancer. Your doctor can help you plan an exercise regimen that works for you.