Prostate cancer isn’t talked about nearly as much as breast cancer, but it should be.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. This means most of us will either be affected by or know someone affected by prostate cancer.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. So, there’s no better time to look at some prostate cancer statistics and examine what you or your loved one can do to lower your risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Statistics
Some statistics on prostate cancer to think about this month:
- An estimated 161,360 new prostate cancer cases will develop in 2017.
- Approximately 26,730 men will die of prostate cancer this year.
- The average age to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is 66.
- 6 million men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in the US are still alive today.
- If a close relative (brother or father) has prostate cancer, your risk of developing prostate cancer more than doubles.
What Can I Do To Prevent Prostate Cancer?
As with most diseases, studies show that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in red meat and dairy can lower your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Red meat, in particular, has been found to increase a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that men who ate the most red meat had a higher rate of aggressive prostate cancer than men who didn’t eat as much red meat. Meat that was grilled or barbecued at high temperatures and eaten well-done, in particular, was found to increase one’s risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.
While you can’t change your genetics, you can change your diet. Making yourself aware of the risk of getting prostate cancer can help you live a more healthy life.
Are you worried about your risk of prostate cancer? The compassionate health care providers at Alarcon Urology are here to help you with any concerns you have. Schedule an appointment today.