September is prostate health and cancer awareness. All month long there are campaigns to bring education, information, support, and awareness to the second-leading cancer among men.
Like most health concerns, a healthy lifestyle is the first step toward prevention. Prostate health is no different. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, controlled portions, and regular exercise all contribute to improving and maintaining prostate health.
Another important part of prostate health includes knowing health risks and family history. Both help in the early detection of prostate cancer. Maintaining routine exams is another important part of the process. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test screens for prostate cancer. A digital rectal exam is also part of the screening process.
While most prostate cancers are slow-growing, not all are. Early detections will increase the success of treatment. Visit the Centers For Disease Control to learn more about prostate health and age-appropriate screenings.