●5 steps to prevention
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.