Why is Cancer so Dangerous?
Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in melanocytes of the skin is called melanoma.
Prostate Cancer is a serious well-known ailment in the United States among older men, but at what age are you at risk? There are an estimated 2,617,682 men currently living with prostate cancer in the United States. Based on the most recent data, approximately 15.3 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. However, the survival rate among the diagnosed has been satisfactory due to the fact that a patient found it in time to treat. But, what about those who think it can never happen to them?
This cancer forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. A healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut. If the prostate grows too large, it squeezes the urethra. This may slow or stop the normal flow of urine. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men, between the age of 50-60 (Howlader).
You can take steps that may lower your chances of getting prostate cancer.
Eat more low-fat, high-fiber foods, or foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such as:
Soy products, like tofu and soy beans.
Tomatoes and foods that contain tomato sauce.
Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
Fish, like salmon, albacore tuna, and sardines.
Walnuts and flaxseed, and their oils.
Researchers are looking into other things that may help prevent prostate cancer. These include:
Drinking red wine or green tea.
Medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Why these foods reduce cancer risks
Some researchers believe that the isoflavones in soy, such as genistein, daidzein, and glycitein, may play a role in reducing cancer risk. Soybean products are promoted for their protective properties against breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancer. The effects of soy are thought by some to be due to substances called isoflavones, although other substances may also contribute. Isoflavones are sometimes called plant estrogens or phytoestrogens because they mimic (although weakly) estrogen that is produced in humans and animals. Genistein, daidzein, and glycitein are isoflavones that are present in small amounts in other foods but are most abundant in soy.
As a protein source, soybean products are promoted as a healthier alternative to meat and as an aid to weight loss. Soy products are also used to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and to relieve symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis. Soy protein in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol is also promoted as a method to help reduce the risk of heart disease (Rosen).
To read more about easy, preventative foods in your diet that can reduce your risk or a loved one's risk for prostate-cancer, read these helpful articles:
10 Strategies for Preventing Prostate Cancer
7 Tips to Reduce your Risk for Any Cancer
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