BY RALPH BLUM
cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the U.S. affecting one in seven men. It is estimated that there are nearly 3 million American men currently
living with prostate cancer and it is still not known what causes the disease.
However, here are the main factors that might affect your risk level of risk.
is the most significant risk factor. Your risk increases exponentially as you
get older. In old age, up to 8 out of 10 men harbor microscopic amounts of the
disease in their prostate, live with it, and die of something else. In the
opinion of one well-known urologist, “If you are over seventy and you don’t have
prostate cancer, chances are you’re a woman.”
Family History of Cancer
speaking if you have a father or brother who was diagnosed with prostate cancer
you are twice as likely to develop the disease compared to the average man,
while men with two or more relatives with the disease are nearly four times as
likely to be diagnosed. If your relatives were diagnosed before the age of 60,
this increases the risk slightly. And the younger the age at diagnosis, the
more likely it is you have a faulty gene called BRCA2 in the family. Cutting
edge research is ongoing to read and interpret the genetic code of prostate cancer.
cancer is more common in black Caribbean and black African men than in white or
Asian men. The difference seems to be a mixture of inherited genes and
environmental factors. African American men are 56% more likely to develop
prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and nearly 2.5 times more likely to die
from the disease.
& Body Weight
has shown that taller men have a higher risk of getting aggressive prostate
cancer, or prostate cancer that has spread. And there are a number of studies
confirming that men who overeat and who are overweight display increased
incidence and aggressiveness of the disease.
growth factor is involved in the regulation of normal cell growth and death.
Some studies have shown that men with a higher level of IGF-1 in the blood have
a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. So it is not high blood sugar, but
rather the high level of insulin triggered by high blood sugar that stimulates
rapid cancer growth.
what can you do to inhibit prostate cancer growth? Unfortunately, the
days of eating everything you want are over. There has never been a more
important time in your life to eat sensibly. Your diet can no longer be
rich in animal fat, processed and fast food and low in fruit and vegetables. We
did not evolve and develop to eat this way. This doesn’t mean you
can never have another piece of pizza. But it does mean that having less
than 10% of calories from animal protein can result in a dramatic reduction in
line, you are not without power in influencing your level prostate cancer risk.