9 things every man should know about prostate cancer

There’s a lot of debate about whether to get screened for prostate cancer. In order to decide what’s right for you, you need to know your risk factors.

There’s a lot of debate about whether to get screened for prostate cancer. In order to decide what’s right for you, you need to know your risk factors — things that increase your chance of developing prostate cancer — along with some important facts about prostate cancer:

9. One in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer — that’s probably at least one person on your block.

8. Prostate cancer is more common in North America.

7. If you’re carrying extra weight, you’re at increased risk. (Nearly 3 out of 4 men are overweight and obese.)

6. There’s nothing like a good steak, but men who eat a lot of red meat and other high-fat foods could be at greater risk.

5. Tall men may stand out in a crowd but bear in mind that the taller you are, the greater your risk.

4. Consuming lots of calcium-rich food can put you at increased risk, so be wary of dairy.

3. If you have a family member who had prostate cancer, or even a female family member who had breast or ovarian cancer, you may have an inherited risk.

2. No man wants erectile dysfunction or urine leakage, both common side effects of prostate cancer treatment.

1. Prostate cancer is very treatable when caught early, so getting regular screenings starting at age 50 can pay off.

“Once you know your risk factors you should begin a conversation with your doctor about your prostate cancer risk. This should occur no later than by age 45 and earlier if you are at high risk,” said Cheretha Hall, R.N., nurse navigator for Norton Cancer Institute who assists patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. “Some men want to be vigilant with prostate screenings, some men would rather wait or not know at all. It’s a personal decision — but it should be an informed decision.”


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