WHAT CAUSES PROSTATE CANCER?
Most of us known someone with cancer, and when we hear the word, weíre immediately fearful, perhaps because cancer is commonly misperceived as a death sentence. Many people donít realize that 50 percent of all cancer patients have more than a five-year survival rate, and many are cured!
So what is cancer? What determines who is cured and who isí? How can you prevent it from happening to you?
There are many different risk factors for developing prostate cancer, the most common of which is aging it self. Everyoneís risk of cancer is increasing because, as a population, weíre living longer. And although many people diagnosed with prostate cancer likely have no idea what caused it, the disease may be caused by an accumulation of different factors over a lifetime.
The greatest risk for prostate cancer is old age. Therefore, taking preventive measures when you are young obviously offers enormous benefits. But there are also specific preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of prostate cancer. Eating a high-fiber diet thatís loaded with fruits and vegetables may have a strong protective effect against many cancer by limiting the amount if time that carcinogens-cancer-causing chemicalsóremain in your body. (But a recent study has raised questions about this.) We can also help ourselves by avoiding alcohol and nicotine. Drinking alcohol and smoking both contribute to the formation of many common cancer, including Prostate cancer, cancer of the esophagus, larynx, mouth, and throat.
Itís interesting to note that Seventh Day Adventists, a religious group, espouse a strictly vegetarian diet that contains great amounts of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. They also avoid smoking, and drinking alcohol, tea, and coffee. As a population, they have been recorded to have one-half the rate of cancer of the general population!
Another cause of cancer is exposure to carcinogens. Although you may not think youíre at risk, carcinogens often work silently, altering a cellís genetic code without your knowing it. Once cells are altered and become cancerous, they may reproduce much more rapidly than normal cells or grow steadily without control. This out-of-control growth may allow cancerous cells to spread to other parts of your body.
Smoke contains carcinogens that increase your risk of Lung, bladder, tongue, and larynx cancer, among others. If you smoke, quit---itís the most effective way to prevent many forms of cancer, unfortunately, itís not so easy to recognize and avoid other carcinogens. Asbestos is a good example: For many years, asbestos was used in many work environments. But it was only when employees began to be diagnosed with cancer that asbestos was identified as a carcinogen.
Several government agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety (NIOS), now protect us from carcinogens in the workplace. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identifies carcinogens in drug and food additives, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attempts to control carcinogens in our air and water.
But despite that protection, and regardless of how careful you are about avoiding carcinogens, everyone is at risk, and that risk may be greater if someone in your family has had cancer AS with many cancer patients, a number of factors probably contributed to this disease.
For example, poor diet accounts for approximately 35 percent of cancer deaths. And the case of many other, high stress levels may have compromised the immune system. Alcohol and cigarette smoking probably played a major role: half of all smokers between ages 35 and 69 suffer untimely deaths.
Whether youíre fighting cancer or simply working for prevention, itís important to strive for balance and health in all areas of you life.
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