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Photo of Dr. DeShawn Stewart, a Cooper Clinic preventive physician, shares recommendations for prostate health

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American men. In most cases, prostate cancer symptoms are not detectable or obvious in the early onset of the disease. The symptoms of prostate cancer may present differently according to the individual. Due to the close proximity of the prostate gland to the bladder and urethra, this type of cancer may be accompanied by a variety of urinary issues, especially in the early stages. Depending on its size and location, a tumor may press on and constrict the urethra, inhibiting the flow of urine.

Early Signs Of Prostate Cancer May Include:

  • Burning or pain while urinating
  • Difficulty urinating – trouble starting and stopping
  • Frequent urges to urinate at night
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream
  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Blood in semen
  • Difficulty getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Painful ejaculation

It is important to note that some of these early signs may simply be a symptom of benign prostatic enlargement (BPH), a common condition as men get older and the prostate enlarges, and are unrelated to cancer.

Prostate cancer may spread, or metastasize, and form tumors in nearby organs or bones. If cancer spreads to the spine, it may press on the spinal nerves. Signs of metastatic prostate cancer may include:

  • Swelling in the legs or pelvic area
  • Numbness or pain in the hips, legs or feet
  • Consistent bone pain or fractures

 Screening Recommendations for Prostate Health

A prostate exam enables your doctor to diagnose an enlarged or inflamed prostate and prostate cancer. Two initial tests are commonly used in the detection of prostate cancer. The first of these is a digital rectal exam and the second is a blood analysis to identify prostate-specific antigen (PSA). A final diagnosis is then officially confirmed by a biopsy.

Cooper Clinic Preventive Medicine Physician DeShawn Stewart, MD, explains that the recommendations of when to begin having prostate cancer screenings vary depending on whether one falls into a high-risk or average-risk category. “Men who are at average risk are encouraged to begin prostate cancer screenings at age 55,” says Dr. Stewart, “High-risk individuals, should get screened for prostate cancer starting at age 40.” High-risk individuals include:

  • African-American men
  • Men of Scandinavian descent
  • Anyone who has two or more family members with a history of prostate cancer

You should always consult your doctor or health care provider to determine when it is appropriate for you to be screened.

Nutrition Recommendations for Prostate Health

Globally, prostate cancer is the most common in North America. The reasoning for this is not known, but the Western lifestyle and diet is thought to be a factor. To retain and improve overall prostate health, maintain a balanced Mediterranean-like diet including:

Protein

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Beans

Healthy Fats

  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Beans

The American Cancer Society emphasizes a diet rich in plant-based foods for cancer prevention. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables have been associated with a decreased risk in cancer development. Limit saturated fats found in dairy and other animal products and trans fats found in fast food and packed or processed foods. Instead, opt for whole-grain options that are high in fiber, which has also been shown to help decrease the risk of developing many types of cancers.

Supplementation Recommendations for Prostate Health

Dr. Stewart recommends Cooper Complete Prostate Health Supplement, which contains natural ingredients such as saw palmetto, pygeum and lycopene. These key nutrients are clinically proven to promote a healthy prostate. Many research studies have shown saw palmetto can markedly reduce symptoms of (BPH) including frequent urination. Lycopene, found in cooked tomatoes, red grapefruit and watermelon, and pygeum are powerful antioxidants.

It is crucial to not ignore any symptoms of BPH and prostate cancer, despite the discomfort of the topic. Prostate health becomes a larger issue with age and is important to get checked regularly by a physician. Take the preventive approach with prostate cancer screenings coupled with proper nutrition and supplementation.

Remember, it is important to talk with your physician before beginning a new supplement regimen.

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