Understanding Prostate Cancer
The second leading cause of cancer death among men is cancer of the prostate gland. It is primarily a disease of aging.
Men in their thirties and forties rarely develop prostate cancer, but it increases steadily after the age of fifty.
Approximately 80 percent of all cases occur in men over the age of sixty-five, and by the ages of eighty, 80 percent of all men have prostate cancer to some degree. Every man will eventually develop prostate cancer, many experts say, if he lives long enough. For the past several years, prostate cancer deaths have been declining.
The prostate, a walnut sized gland at the base of the bladder that encircles the urethra, is the tube through which urine is voided. The prostatic fluid, which makes up the bulk of the male ejaculate and nourishes and transports the sperm is produced by the prostate.
Although the exact cause or causes of prostate cancer are not known, there are certain risk factors that have been linked to its development.
At increased risk are men aged sixty-five and older, and men who have a first-degree relative (parent or sibling) with prostate cancer.
The incidence is higher among married men that it is among unmarried men. Men who have had recurring prostate infections, those with a history of venereal disease and those who have taken testosterone are also at increased risk.
Maintain a whole foods diet by eating plenty of whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and unpolished brown rice. Millet cereal is a good source of protein. Eat wheat, oats, and bran. Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower.
Also eat yellow and deep orange vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkin, squash and yams. For the prevention of cancer as well as for healing, this type of diet is important.
Include in the diet, fresh cantaloupe, apples all kinds of berries, especially blueberries and strawberries; Brazil nuts, grapes, cherries, legumes, including chickpeas, lentils, red beans plus and walnuts. All of these foods help to rid the body of cancers.
Consume freshly made vegetable and fruit juices daily, carrot and cabbage juices being good choices.
Eat plenty of grapefruit, watermelon, tomatoes and tomato products such as tomato juice and tomato bases sauces. These contain a protection against prostate cancer called lycopene.
Include in your diet foods that are high in zinc, such as mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds and whole grains. Zinc is vital for proper immune function and nourishes the prostate gland.
Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This keeps the prostate working efficiently, hydrates the body and helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
Intake of cooked dairy products should be restricted. Consumption of sourced products such as yogurt and kiefer is very helpful.
To obtain essential fatty acids, use cold-pressed organic oils such as sesame, safflower or extra virgin olive oil.
Do not eat meat. There is a definite connection between high meat consumption (five servings a week or more) and the development of prostate cancer.
Eliminate hard alcoholic beverages from the diet.
Get regular physical activity. Active men have lower risk of developing prostate cancer and maintain better health.
Enjoy regular sexual activity. Regular ejaculation activates the prostate gland, keeping it from getting stagnant and inflamed.