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Cut Prostate Cancer Risk Factors ~ [Issue 0106-5]  Wellness Weekly
 Jan 31, 2006 11:01 PST 


Prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the United States,
except for skin cancer, frequently develops without obvious symptoms.
Symptoms include a weak urine flow, frequent or painful urination,
blood in the urine or semen, and pain in the lower back, pelvis or
upper thighs. "Unfortunately, for prostate cancer, there are few
preventable risk factors," says Dr. Yair Lotan, of University of
Texas at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "The main risk
factors are increasing age, family history, and African-American
ethnicity, which are not alterable. However, a high-fat diet is a
potentially modifiable risk factor." A low-fat diet will likely
reduce the risk for many cancers and a balanced diet that includes
sufficient vitamin content such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium
is appropriate, according to Lotan.


Men may slow progression of their prostate cancer and reduce their
risk of dying from the disease by being active. The report, published
in the "Archives of Internal Medicine," says men 65 years or older
engaging in at least three hours of vigorous physical activity weekly
had a nearly 70 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with
high-grade, advanced or fatal prostate cancer than did men who were
less active. The findings came in a 14-year study by Dr. Edward
Giovannucci of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston in a study
involving 47,620 male health professionals. The activities studied
included walking, hiking, jogging, running, bicycling, lap swimming,
tennis, squash, racquetball, calisthenics, and rowing.
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