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Prostate Cancer Prevention

Our staff will help you identify prostate cancer risks you can control.

While a number of factors ultimately affect your personal risk for developing prostate cancer, every man should have a frank discussion with his doctor about potential screening tests and when and how frequently to undergo screening. Some factors, such as your family history and preexisting conditions, are simply beyond your control. But you can take charge of your prostate health by following these healthy lifestyle habits:

The number one step you can take to manage your prostate cancer risk isn't rocket science - its fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Two and a half cups per day of various fruits and vegetables can reduce your overall cancer risk, and because fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories, they can help you maintain a healthy weight. It's the perfect starting point for making bigger positive changes in your health habits.

The perfect second step you can take to reduce your prostate cancer risk is regular exercise. Walking, dancing, mowing the lawn or riding your bicycle for 150 or more minutes per week may reduce your risk for advanced prostate cancer.

Obesity may increase your risk for developing aggressive and/or advanced prostate cancer.

Some men would rather do anything than visit the doctor, but early detection of prostate cancer could potentially improve your course of treatment and prognosis. Your physician may recommend a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and/or a digital rectum exam with a gloved finger as part of a screening process. This won't tell the doctor if cancer exists for certain, but an elevated or increasing PSA value can help the doctor determine whether additional testing is in order. The potential for false positive results may make routine PSA testing less worthwhile for some men. Ask your doctor for more information.

While a lot of men may not want to discuss prostate health with anyone, much less a doctor, the first step in prostate cancer prevention is acknowledging your risk. If you're still unsure about your risk for any form of cancer, contact one of the Kettering Health Network's many experts across the greater Dayton area for a consultation and screening.