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A very helpful book on prostate health was published called, "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers -- No More Unessential Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency". The authors are Ralph H. Blum, a prostate cancer survivor, and Dr. Mark Scholz, MD, a well-known medical oncologist who has specialized in prostate cancer for the past fifteen years.

It offers an interesting observation of strategies for dealing with prostate cancer as well as many ways of with the prostate cancer experience. The format is a dual track, with Dr. Scholz writing approximately half the chapters and his patient, Ralph Blum, writing the rest. While it is packed with current information about the disease and highly expert thinking, it is also an easy and entertaining read.

There exists increasing and predominantly silent crisis in the health and well-being of men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and culturally induced behavior patterns in their work and personal lives, men's health and well-being are deteriorating steadily. Society is being dramatically affected because men are living approximately 5 years less than women. One of the main reasons for this fact is Prostate Health.

If you don't know what the prostate is or what it does, you're certainly not alone: most men don't. But you really should. More than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that negatively affect their quality of life.

  • Over 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate (BPH).
  • Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die of it.
  • Prostatitis is an issue for men of all ages and affects 35% of men aged 50 and older.

Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to keep your prostate healthy as you age - and stay ahead of the game.

Here's what Christopher Saigal, MD, an assistant professor of urology at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, says to do:

1. Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, guava and papaya contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale also are good choices.

3. Let your doctor know if you have a family history of prostate cancer. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk of developing this disease.

4. Include more soy in your diet from sources such as tofu, soy nuts or soy flour or powders.

5. Don't smoke.

6. Eat more selenium-rich foods such as wheat germ, tuna, herring and other seafood and shellfish, beef liver, kidney, eggs, sunflower and sesame seeds, cashews, mushrooms, garlic and onions. Selenium reduces risk of prostate cancer. Clinical trials using SelenoExcell® high selenium yeast have shown a 63% reduction in prostate cancer incidence.

7. Get a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, such as African American men or men with a strong family history of prostate cancer, should begin testing at age 45.

Other Resources

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Michigan Cancer Consortium

Cancer Guide (prostate)

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