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With regard to prostate cancer, prevention is the best strategy, as is the case for many other diseases. Being well-informed on the subject will allow you to make informed choices for your health.
The prostate is a gland the size of a walnut. It is located under the bladder and surrounds the urinary tract. For men, the prostate is essential for the production of sperm, and consequently, for reproduction. In Canada, prostate cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in men. Moreover, it is the third leading cause of death by cancer in Canadians.
However, it generally evolves slowly and can often be successfully cured or treated. The earlier it is detected, the better chances for effective treatment and a cure.
For most types of cancer, a certain number of elements may predispose a person to develop it. We refer to these elements as “risk factors”. Some risk factors have been identified for prostate cancer. There are two main types of risk factors: those that can be modified and those that cannot.
Here are a few examples of risk factors that cannot be modified:
The good news is that you can choose to reduce your risk by influencing certain factors that can be modified. In this perspective, it may be wise to adopt or modify the following lifestyle choices:
It is true that prostate cancer is a threat to men’s health. However, isn’t it reassuring to know that you can set up prevention measures right now? Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information on the subject.
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