I came across this article here on Prostate.net that I found very helpful and easy to understand. The 11 risk factors associated with prostate cancer (according to the article) are summarized below:
- Age : More than 60% of people with prostate cancer belong to the age group of 65 or older.
- Ethnicity : Asian and Hispanic/Latino men are less likely to develop prostate cancer while African-Americans are twice likely to have prostate cancer in their early 50s as compared to white men.
- Family history : You are more likely to have prostate cancer if your father or brother has/had it.
- Genetics : Only 5 – 10% of prostate cancer cases are caused by genetics.
- Diet : Generally, as with many other diseases partly caused by poor diets, men with diets that are low in fiber, fruit and veggies while high in fat and red meats are more at risk to develop prostate cancer.
- Lifestyle : Men who are physically inactive are more likely to develop prostate cancer.
- Exposure to chemicals : The more exposure you have to chemicals, the more likely you are to develop this cancer. Occupations such as farmers and painters put men at a higher risk for prostate cancer.
- Testosterone : An imbalance of hormones is more alarming than high levels of male hormone testosterone, though both factors put men at higher risks for prostate cancer.
- Inflammation : This is, while a new theory, believed to contribute to the development of prostate cancer as well as other serious diseases.
- Obesity : Overweight men tend to have an imbalance of hormones (higher estrogen levels, lower testosterone levels), greater amounts of saturated fats in their diets, along with type 2 diabetes, all of which are linked to higher statistics for prostate cancer in obese men.
- Calcium and other additives : Too much of anything is almost always never good; this includes an excessive amount of calcium in food and/or supplement consumption.
By and large, while you have no control over factors such as your age, ethnicity and genetics, you can definitely put effort into changing your diet and lifestyle for better prostate health in particular and overall mental and physical health in general.