Proactive Ways to Protect Your Prostate

Improve your odds against prostate cancer in the future with better choices today

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The bad news is that one in seven men will get prostate cancer. The good news is that only one in thirty-nine men will die from the disease. And the best news of all? There are steps you can take to prevent prostate cancer in the first place. 

While there’s no way to completely reduce your risk of prostate cancer, following these suggestions will definitely decrease it. Start by taking the best possible care of your body.

Don’t smoke. No news here! Smoking is bad for virtually every part of your body, your prostate included. Smoking increases your risk for all types of cancer. Knock out a significant risk factor by quitting. 

Eat better. Men who eat diets higher in fat are more likely to develop prostate cancer. Cut out animal fat and reduce your dairy intake. Your body does need some fat, but try to get it from plant sources, such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts. 

Exercise. If you’re noticing a trend—that what’s good for your body is also good for reducing the risk of prostate cancer—you’ve caught on. You guessed it: exercise is an important way to minimize your prostate cancer risk.

Talk to your doctor. And go see him or her regularly! Wellness exams are a great way to get you on the right track for your health. And the better your relationship with your doctor, the more likely you are to have essential conversations about your health.

While there is no “silver bullet” for the prevention of prostate cancer, keeping in shape and eating well, in addition to getting regular check ups, are the best way to keep cancer at bay.