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According to the American Cancer Society, more than 190,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to keep your prostate healthy.
The prostate is the a very small gland, about the size of a walnut, in the man’s body that is part of his reproductive system. It sits right below a man’s bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate helps make semen for your body. semen is important as it is what transports sperm. As you age, your prostate can enlarge over time. As the prostate surrounds part of the urethra, it can restrict the urethra and cause issues with urination.
Trouble initiating urination
Having to urinate frequently, particularly at night
Feeling that the bladder is not empty after urinating
Feeling a sudden urge to urinate
Having to stop and start repeatedly while urinating
Here are the simple steps you can do to keep your prostate healthy according to Christopher Saigal, MD, an assistant professor of urology at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center.
Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, guava and papaya contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale also are good choices.
Include more soy in your diet from sources such as tofu, soy nuts or soy flour or powders.
Eat more selenium-rich foods such as wheat germ, tuna, herring and other seafood and shellfish, beef liver, kidney, eggs, sunflower and sesame seeds, cashews, mushrooms, garlic and onions. Selenium reduces risk of prostate cancer.
There is no clear evidence to show what are the causes for prostate cancer, however lifestyle changes or family history are likely to affect the prostate disease. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk of developing this disease. Therefore, men with a strong family history of prostate cancer should begin testing at age 45. It is said that prostate cancer in the early stage without any symptoms. If you suspect or feel you might have the symptoms stated above, consult your doctor immediately.