I'm almost 45, and I keep hearing about prostate cancer. What can I do?
This week's question was from Anonymous in Clovis: I'm almost 45, and I keep hearing about prostate cancer. What can I do?
Jeff Herr, Doctor of Pharmacy
Well, 45 is a good age to start thinking about the prostate. Age, family history and race can play a role at increasing the risk of developing prostate cancer. Right now, it is recommended that men at the age of 50 start getting yearly rectal exams and PSA tests. This process should start at age 45 for African American men.
As far as prevention low fat diets that are high in fruits, vegetables and fiber have shown effective against the onset of prostate cancer, and exercise helps boost the immune system and increases blood circulation. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about foods that are right for you.