The October issue of the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention suggests that prostate cancer may respond quickly and markedly to significant changes in weight and diet. The report found that dramatically cutting back on dietary fats and carbohydrates actually alters the levels of genes in prostate tissues that can potentially regulate cancer growth.
Strikingly, the changes occurred after four of the men spent just six weeks on a low-fat, low-carb diet, said Dr. Daniel Lin, assistant professor of urology at the University of Washington and the paper’s lead author.
Many recommend tomatoes and tomato products to help protect against prostate cancer along with fresh organic fruit and vegetables, brown rice, vitamin A, D, E and Selenium. You should omit dairy products and fatty meats.
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Nearly a quarter-million American men each year are diagnosed with prostate cancer and many more are diagnosed with BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) or Prostatitis; an inflammation of the prostate. Prostate Cancer and BPH used to be diseases of old age and was usually diagnosed around the age of 80. Today, prostate cancer is now being diagnosed in men as young as 55.
Symptoms of prostate cancer and BPH are similar:
Urinary problems including:
- Not being able to urinate.
- Difficulty in starting urination
- Having a hard time starting or stopping the urine flow.
- Needing to urinate often, especially at night.
- Weak flow of urine Urine flow that starts and stops.
- Pain or burning during urination.
- Blood in the urine or semen.
- Frequent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
Conventional Prostate Cancer Treatment:
Surgery to remove the prostate, surrounding tissue and lymph nodes in the pelvis.
Radiation therapy that uses radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. There are two types of radiation therapy. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer.
Impotence and urinary problems may occur in men treated with radiation therapy.
Hormone therapy used in the treatment of prostate cancer may include the following:
Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists can prevent the testicles from producing testosterone.
Anti-androgens can block the action of androgens (hormones that promote male sex characteristics).
Orchiectomy is a surgical procedure to remove one or both testicles, the main source of male hormones, to decrease hormone production.
Science Daily on October 10, 2007 reported the risks of hormone therapy — The use of androgen deprivation therapy to treat localized prostate cancer is associated with an increased risk of death from heart disease, according to a study published online October 9 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The use of androgen deprivation therapy can also lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, which increases both the risk of type II diabetes and coronary artery disease.
If you are concerned about the possible effects of conventional treatments consult with your physician and discuss the alternatives using natural methods such as a change in diet or perhaps our top selling prostate care.