Prostate Cancer Awareness
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men in America. Each year, about 1 in 9 men will find out they have prostate cancer.
Your risk of getting prostate cancer grows with age. But it doesn’t just happen to older men. Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer. Men who have a brother or father with prostate cancer are also more likely to get the disease.
A PSA test is a way doctors can test for prostate cancer and find it early. If you’re 50 or older, talk to your doctor about getting the test. And if you are Black or have a close family member with prostate cancer, do it at age 45. Good food choices might lower your risk for prostate cancer.
- Choose low-fat meats. Avoid fatty meats like beef, bacon and sausage. When you can, choose lower-fat meats like chicken or fish. You can also choose veggie burgers.
- Eat lots of broccoli. Choose vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, turnips and kale. These have vitamins C, E and K and can help curb cancer.
- Enjoy omega-3s. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can lower your risk of prostate cancer. These include salmon, tuna, mackerel, flaxseed, chia seeds and leafy dark green vegetables.
- Here’s to tomatoes. Tomatoes can help fight prostate cancer and other forms of cancer. Put tomato slices on your sandwich or in your salad. You can also drink tomato juice when you’re thirsty or add salsa on top your favorite foods. You can also have pasta with tomato-based sauce or a bowl of tomato soup.
- Have a cup of green tea. The leaves that make green tea can also help reduce prostate cancer risk. A cup of green tea can also do other good things, like lower stress and blood pressure and protect against heart disease. When you drink tea, make sure to keep the sugar at a minimum.