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Prostate Cancer Screenings

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. It is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. According to the latest research issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 233,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer last year; and more than 29,000 died of the disease.  What is even more alarming is that the risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. In addition, some men are at a higher risk of getting the disease due to family history and race. But the good news is that by getting routine screenings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, men can decrease their chances of developing prostate cancer.

Here are a few helpful tips to help you treat and beat prostate cancer:

  • Get regular screenings.  PSA screenings are an effective way to detect prostate cancer. If you are over the age of 40, talk to your doctor about getting a PSA exam to screen for prostate cancer.  Also, your doctor will look at your lifestyle, family history and for any abnormalities in your prostate by giving you a physical exam.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of lean protein such as fish and chicken. Avoid eating fried foods. Instead, eat lots of leafy green vegetables and fruit high in antioxidants.
  • Get plenty of exercise. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day is an excellent way to get rid of stress, help you lose weight and reduce your risk of cancer.

To learn more about good prostate health or to schedule an appointment, Loretto Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Clinic and ask about our James D. Montgomery Men’s Health Program at (773) 854-5475.

Helpful resources:

Prostate Screening Guide for African Americans

Prostate Health