Health Watch - Men's Health: Preventing Prostate Cancer

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This week on Health Watch, as we celebrate Father’s Day we’re talking about men’s health issues. Prostate cancer is one of the important health topics for men, as it affects about one in six men.

Dr. Yair Lotan, a urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says one difficulty with prostate cancer is that there isn’t much you can do to prevent it. The big risk factors include age, family history and ethnicity, and those are things you can’t change. A low-fat diet may help lower risk for prostate cancer, as well as other cancers. Researchers are also testing medications to prevent cancer in men at high risk. But even if you can’t prevent prostate cancer, you can improve your chances of surviving it by detecting it early. Men should have annual exams and blood tests starting at age 45 — earlier if they have a family history. See a doctor if you notice symptoms such as pelvic pain, difficulty urinating or blood in the urine. 

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June 2009

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