The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Health & Fitness

September 6, 2012

Speaking of Health: Men’s Health: Prostate cancer risks & treatment

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4. Positive outlook. Prostate cancer is very treatable if caught early. In fact, the American Cancer Society found that more than 2.5 million men who received a prostate cancer diagnosis are still alive today. Many survivors embrace a balanced, healthy lifestyle, which helps build the immune system and improve overall well-being.

Healthy lifestyles don’t have to be hard. Moderately exercising 150 minutes each week through activities like gardening, walking and swimming deliver significant health benefits.

Diet is also an important component of reducing the risk of prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation recommends a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Experts also suggest limiting dietary fat derived from red meat and dairy while consuming more fish, which contains Omega-3 fatty acids for enhanced protection against prostate cancer.

5. Should I have a prostate cancer screening test? The best way to determine if a prostate cancer screening test, including the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, is appropriate for you is to discuss your concerns, family history and other risk factors with your health care provider team.

This month, take time to educate yourself, friends and family about prostate cancer and the positive impact that living a healthier lifestyle has on disease prevention. As always, speak with your health care provider team about any questions or concerns you might have.

Joe Lee, M.D., is a urologist at Mayo Clinic Health System.

For more information, please go to www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

Health & Fitness coverage is supported by Mayo Clinic Health System, preserving the health and well-being of southern Minnesota communities.

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