Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, but if diagnosed early can have a 5-year survival rate of 100%. There is a differing of opinion on this though, so I urge my patients to come in for yearly prostrate check at 40 years old for those with any family history of prostate cancer. African American men are at a higher risk for prostate cancer as well. Otherwise, men can wait until 45 years of age for yearly prostrate exams.
I also recommend to come in if there is change in the urine stream, nocturia (waking up to urinate at night), or burning with urination.
Lastly, I recommend three things for men:
- Supplement foods high in zinc like Brazilian nuts or pumpkin seeds, or lozenges with zinc. These foods also help prevent colds, which is a plus.
- Take saw palmetto, which is best known for its ability to decrease symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, BPH).
- Take melatonin. Most commonly known as a sleep aid, melatonin is also an anti-inflammatory an is known to reduce risk for prostate cancer.