At Urology Austin, you hear us talk about prostate cancer constantly…it’s the second most common cancer among American males. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. And the numbers don’t lie. Prostate cancer is all too common… and it’s a potential killer.
So what can you do to minimize your risk? According to a new study, you can avoid some popular items lurking in common places. Men’s Health magazine reported on the following:
Researchers looked at urine samples of prostate cancer patients – particularly those younger than 65 – and found they had up to eight times more bisphenol-A (BPA) than those without cancer. What does that tell you? Stay away from BPA! BPA has been shown to trigger the growth of prostate cancer. Experts say you should steer clear of some hard plastics, canned foods and grocery store receipts. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
In addition to avoiding BPA, here are some additional ways to lower your risk.
Go easy on the alcohol. A recent study found the more you drink, the higher your odds are of developing prostate cancer. A separate study found that your risk increases if you consume more than two drinks a day. Research points to acetaldehyde – a metabolite found in alcohol – as the possible cancer contributor.
Got almond milk? While a new study does not specify exactly how much dairy is too much, it does reveal that your risk for prostate cancer increases along with your body’s levels of dairy’s protein hormones.
Mind your acids. While omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower cancer risk, a new study tied linoleic and palmitic acids to the promotion of prostate cancer growth. So don’t over do it on salad dressings, grain-based desserts, snack chips and butter.
Head for the hills. Nitrogen dioxide – a major component of traffic-related air pollution – has been linked to higher rates of prostate cancer as well. Move as far away from your city’s busiest intersection in order to inhale less NO2 and reduce your risk!
And most importantly…don’t forget to have that important dialogue with your physician about prostate cancer screenings. It’s one conversation that could easily save your life.