Save the Males: Key info to read and share this Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
This September, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is asking you to share life-saving information as we work to fund the research that will cure this disease. Please read the Top 10 Things You Should Know and Top 10 Things You Can Do then share these with someone you care about. If you like this information, you can download and print our educational flyers to display and share in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, visit PCF.org or join our Many vs Cancer community.
Top 10 Things You Should Know About Prostate Cancer:
1. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, and the 4th most common tumor diagnosed worldwide.
2. In the United States, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. For men of African descent, 1 in 5 men will develop the disease.
3. A man of African descent is 73% more likely to develop prostate cancer than a Caucasian man, and is nearly 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease.
4. In 2017, more than 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nearly 27,000 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 3.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 20 minutes.
5. A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined.
6. It is estimated that more than 3 million American men are living with prostate cancer.
7. As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. About 6 in 10 cases are found in men over the age of 65.
8. Men with relatives—father, brother, son—with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease.
9. If the cancer is caught at its earliest stages, most men will not experience any symptoms.
10. Prostate cancer is 100% treatable if detected early.
Top 10 Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Prostate Cancer:
1. Eat fewer calories and exercise more so that you maintain a healthy weight.
2. Try to keep the amount of fat you get from red meat and dairy products to a minimum.
3. Watch your calcium intake. Do not take supplemental doses far above the recommended daily allowance. Some calcium is OK, but avoid taking more than 1,500 mg per day.
4. Eat more fish — evidence from several studies suggest that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because they have “good fat” particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid trans fatty acids (found in margarine).
5. Incorporate cooked tomatoes (prepared with olive oil), which has also been shown to be beneficial, and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower) into many of your weekly meals. Soy-based foods and green tea are also potential dietary components that may be helpful.
6. Avoid smoking for many reasons. Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
7. Seek medical treatment for stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and depression. Treating these conditions may save your life and will improve your survivorship with prostate cancer.
8. Avoid over-supplementation with mega-vitamins. Too many vitamins, especially folate, may “fuel the cancer.” While a multivitamin is not likely to be harmful, if you follow a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils you likely do not even need a multivitamin. Ask your doctor about herbal supplements as some may harm you.
9. Relax and enjoy life. Reducing stress in the workplace and home will improve your survivorship and lead to a longer, happier life.
10. For men 50 or older (40 or older for African-American men or those with a family history of prostate cancer), you should consider a yearly rectal examination and PSA test. Discuss the risks and benefits of these screening procedures with your doctor.