●5 steps to preven­tion

Whangarei Report - - FEATURE -

1 TEST AN­NU­ALLY

Men should un­dergo an an­nual prostate spe­cific anti­gen (PSA) blood test and dig­i­tal rec­tal exam (DRE) start­ing at age 50 or ear­lier. High-risk groups such as those with fam­ily his­tory should be­gin test­ing ear­lier at 40 years.

2 LIS­TEN TO YOUR BODY

A change in the fre­quency, ur­gency and pres­sure dur­ing uri­na­tion, painful uri­na­tion or the pres­ence of blood in urine are all warn­ing signs.

3 REG­U­LATE DIET AND AL­CO­HOL IN­TAKE

Eat healthy, bal­anced meals rich in fruits, veg­eta­bles and whole grains. Con­sume no more than two drinks a day as stud­ies show reg­u­lar heavy drink­ing in­creases risk.

4 EX­ER­CISE REG­U­LARLY

Try to have at least 30 min­utes of aer­o­bic ex­er­cise three to seven times a week.

5 MAIN­TAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT

Obe­sity may af­fect lev­els of hor­mones re­lated to risk of prostate can­cer.

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