Four Ways to Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer


As oncologists attest, prostate cancer is no joke.  The most common cancer among men, this type of cancer is far from beyond treatment, but it can be life-threatening nonetheless.  According to oncologists, any of a body’s cells can become cancerous.  Our bodies are constantly replacing cells with new ones.  The more we generate new cells, the more likely it is that the cells we generate become cancerous.  This is why most view cancer as a problem for older people.  Indeed, it is often a problem for older people, but not all the time.  For example, testicular cancer affects younger men because their testicles are still growing.  On the other hand, prostate cancer affects older men fairly exclusively.  

Most people who develop this type of cancer are over the age of 65, and it is very rare for anyone below the age of 40.  Each year brings about 300,000 new cases and 35,000 deaths.  The singular silver lining with regard to prostate cancer is that it is usually fairly benign.  Most people survive, and there are many men who die from other causes without them or their doctors knowing about any tumors.  

The primary risk factors for developing prostate cancer are out of your control.  Race is a significant factor, as Black men and Caribbean men with African ancestors are more likely to develop this type of cancer in general and at younger ages.  Conversely, East-Asian and Hispanic men are less likely to develop prostate cancer.  Oncologists do not know why this is true.  They know only that it is true.  Of course, family history can also be a factor, though most men develop prostate cancer regardless of family history.  It just so happens that if you have a family member who has developed this cancer, then you may be slightly more at-risk, especially if your relative has developed prostate cancer early in life.  Finally, geography can also be a factor, as prostate cancer is most common in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, while it is less common in Asia and South America.  These uncontrollable factors carry the most weight, but there are still things you can do to lower this risk of prostate cancer.

1. Use a Prostate Massager

How can a sextoy lower the risk of prostate cancer?  Generally speaking, frequent ejaculation lowers the risk, and prostate massagers bring about more productive and potent orgasms than regular masturbation, so in this sense, a prostate massager can indeed lower the risk of prostate cancer.  Most massagers offer different settings with regard to vibration pattern and intensity, offering up to three intensities and nine patterns.  They are waterproof, so you need not worry about water damage while cleaning them.  You may also use it in the shower for one-stop shopping.  It also comes with a remote so you need not remove it to change the settings.  Finally, for purposes of privacy, most prostate massagers are fairly quiet and discreet.

2. Lose Weight

Overweight people often appear older than they are precisely because excess weight causes you to age faster.  There are simply more cells for your body to replace.  Men who are overweight or even obese are more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer.  Generally speaking, thinner people are healthier and live longer, without regard to prostate cancer.  Some studies also suggest that men whose diets are full of dairy are more likely to develop prostate cancer, but other studies have not been as conclusive.  Following a healthy eating pattern and getting enough exercise are key in avoiding prostate cancer.  Avoid processed and red meat in favor of colorful fruits and vegetables.  As indomitably delicious as Italian cold cuts are, they may raise the risk of most cancers.

3. Increase Your Intake of Certain Vitamins

In particular, Selenium and Vitamin E have been known to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and supplements for the two are available as over-the-counter medication.  While these supplements are not necessarily going to help, they may offer a modicum of assistance.  Soy products can also lower the risk of prostate cancer, and oncologists are continuing to do research on soy in the interest of a more in-depth analysis.  Whatever supplements you take, be sure to consult your doctor before putting them in your body, as you never know what might be a contraindication with other medication or health conditions.

4. Aspirin

Men who take aspirin once a day are less likely to die from prostate cancer and are less likely to develop prostate cancer in the first place, though more research is necessary to discern whether the benefits outweigh the risks.  A blood thinner is kind of a big deal, and significant bleeding in the digestive system is a common side effect of long-term usage.