Cut down on meat and milk to cut prostate cancer
If you have red meat often or consume a lot of milk, your prostate is at high risk for cancer. Studies have suggested that a diet high in meat contains heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and carcinogens that can lead to the development of cancer. This type of meat includes pork, beef, hot dogs and sausages, etc.
Large amounts of dairy products are generally known to increase cell expansion in the prostate. Drinking milk can make one prone to the risk of fatal prostate cancer. Skimmed and low-fat milks also increase the risk of early cancer.
In addition to meat and milk, high consumption of alcohol and saturated fats has also been associated with the risk of prostate cancer. Hence, a diet low in meat, dairy and saturated fat with high intake of fruits and vegetables can be helpful in its prevention.
Apart from diet, age and genetics also play a major role in increasing risks. Prostate cancer generally manifests itself in the elderly age group. The risk of getting this cancer increases with age. About 5-10% of all prostate cancers are genetically linked, which means that the cancer occurs due to the inheritance of faulty genes in families.
In case one suffers from any of the following symptoms of prostate cancer, it is best to consult a urologist immediately:
- Difficulty in passing urine
- Going to the toilet to pass urine more often during the day or night
- Feeling of incomplete emptying of bladder after passing urine
- Pain or burning sensation when passing urine
- Passing of blood in the urine
- Feeling the need to pass urine urgently
For more details, watch Dr Sriram Sambaraju, Consultant Urologist at CARE Hospitals, Hi-tech City talk about a prostate check-up.
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