Besides melanoma, prostate cancer is the most deadly kind men acquire. Though much advancement has been seen for breast cancer detection and treatment, research in prostate cancer has lagged behind. Tens of thousands of men die each year due to this specifically male oriented malady being caught too late. Symptoms are generally only experienced in the late stages of the disease. These include a weak urine stream or slow urination, the need to go frequently, blood in the urine, lack of bladder control, erectile dysfunction, pain in the lower body including the back, hips, or pelvis, and numbness in the feet. The trouble is, few men experience symptoms until the cancer has spread to vital organs and other tissues. By that time, treatment options are harsh and are targeted at prolonging life rather than curing the disease. Luckily, the number of men that pass away from prostate cancer is a tenth of those that actually acquire it. There are few preventative measures outside of exercise, eating right, and living a healthy lifestyle.
According to some research higher levels of certain nutrients in the system have shown lower levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a hormone produced by prostate cancer tumors. This has led researchers suggesting that certain nutrients may help prevent prostate cancer. Here are some to add to your diet. Carotenoids give the foods they inhabit an orange-yellow hue. Tomatoes, peaches, apricots, squash, and papaya contain this phytonutrient. Researchers found those with a high level of carotenoids in their system had lower PSA scores. Beta carotene is one such variety. It is found in broccoli, kale, mango, peaches, strawberries, guava, and pink grapefruit. Another such nutrient is lycopene which one finds in strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, and more. A healthy diet that includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables has been shown to help support the system and prevent serious illnesses including cancer. Still, what is on your plate will not prevent cancer in and of itself. Proper screening is the best way to help locate prostate cancer before it becomes a serious issue. Men over 40 should ask their doctor about screening. Those 50 and over or who have a high risk of developing the disease should be screened periodically.