CaroMont Health Offering Free Prostate Cancer Screening
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among
men and the fourth most diagnosed cancer at CaroMont Health. In 2015,
CaroMont Cancer Center diagnosed 79 men with prostate cancer. However,
the good news is that if diagnosed early, prostate cancer is highly treatable
and most men go on to live health lives.
In observance of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, CaroMont Cancer
Center and Carolina Urology are teaming up to offer free prostate screening
for men ages 40 to 75. The free screening will be held on Monday, September
26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at CaroMont Outpatient Surgery at 2555
Court Drive in Gastonia. Screenings are available by appointment only
to the first 350 callers. To register for a screening, call 704.834.2522.
Being well versed about the subject and whether or not screening is the
best option should be a discussion between men and their healthcare provider.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual screenings beginning at
age 50 for men who are at average risk. For higher risk patients—African
Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or
son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age
65)—screening should begin at age 45. Men who are considered even
higher risk or those with more than one first-degree relative who had
prostate cancer at an early age, it is recommended to start screening
as early as 40. Click
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Though no test is perfect, routine, annual screenings can help to detect
prostate cancer early on before the disease progresses. In addition to
annual screenings, there are things men can do to help prevent the progression
of prostate cancer and live cancer-free lives.
Know your family history
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to understanding your family
history of cancer. Some cancers, including prostate cancer, run in families.
If you have a first degree relative—a father, grandfather, uncle
or brother—who has had prostate cancer, your odds of getting it
are nearly double.
It’s important to share this information with your family doctor
and to get screened every year. Also, individuals with a family history
may be eligible for genetic testing, which identifies individuals at increased
risk of cancer, in order to promote awareness, early detection and cancer
prevention. To learn more about genetics testing and counseling services
at CaroMont, click
Choose a healthy diet
We already know that a healthy, low-fat diet can reduce your risk for
heart disease, diabetes, obesity among other diseases. Current research
is now pointing to better nutrition as a means of preventing cancer too.
Additionally, a healthy diet promotes greater energy, improves mood and
promotes an overall better quality of life. While no single food can protect
you against cancer by itself, strong evidence
shows that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits,
whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers. Below are some
of the top cancer-fighting or “super” foods:
- Broccoli, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts: These cruciferous vegetables
have phytochemicals that reduce oxygen free radicals (highly reactive
chemicals that have the potential to harm cells in the body), which can
lower your risk for prostate cancer and its aggression.
- Raspberries and blueberries: Berries are an excellent source of vitamins
C and K, manganese and a good source of fiber. Blueberries are among the
fruits highest in antioxidant power because of the many phytochemicals
- Tomatoes: Great for salads, pastas and just about any dish, tomatoes are
a rich source of a phytochemical called lycopene, which attacks free radicals
helping the body lower the risk of prostate cancer and its aggression
- Pomegranates: Specifically pomegranate juice is rich in ellagic acid and
has been scientifically shown to slow prostate-specific antigen (PSA),
a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland.
- Green tea: Green tea has been used since the beginning of time as both
a beverage and for medicinal purposes. Both black and greens teas contains
very potent antioxidants including polyphenols and flavonoids.
- Coffee: Coffee has become one of the most popular drinks in across the
world and if drunk in moderation, is a good source of the B vitamin riboflavin
and an antioxidant.
- Citrus fruits: these contain favonoids and monoterpene, which help protect
against DNA-damaging free radicals.
- Black beans: beans are rich in fiber, which help in weight management efforts.
- Whole grains: Great sources of fiber and magnesium, whole grains, such
as brown rice, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread are also hearty and filling.
- Fish: Eat more fish. Several studies show that fish can help protect against
prostate cancer because they have "good fat" particularly omega-3
fatty acids. Stay away from trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated
oil commonly found in margarine or fried foods.
Get up and move! Incorporating some form of physical activity for 30 minutes,
at least three times a week, is essential for maintaining a healthy body,
and may also help reduce the odds of developing prostate cancer. Studies
have shown that men who are overweight with high insulin levels when they
are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease.
Talk to your doctor before you start any type of exercise. Keep in mind,
physical activity doesn’t mean you have to be in the gym. Choose
something you enjoy doing so it doesn’t become a chore.
Tobacco use is a leading cause of cancer and of death. People who use
tobacco products or are exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis
are at a higher risk of getting cancer because tobacco contains many harmful
chemicals that can damage DNA. There is no safe level of tobacco use and
the benefits of quitting smoking and using tobacco are significant. Because
of the extreme addiction associated with using tobacco, most people need
assistance to stop for good. There are a number of resources and programs
available to individuals who are ready to quit like CaroMont’s QuitSmart
program, a program that combines personalized coaching, relaxation and
a toolkit to help people on their journey to live a tobacco-free life.
Visit caromonthealth.org for information about QuitSmart and upcoming classes.
Prostate cancer is a difficult subject to bring up with your doctor, but
not talking about it doesn’t make it go away. It’s important
to connect with your friends, family and colleagues to talk about the
importance of early detection and annual screenings. You just might save
someone’s life or even your own.
Did you know?
African-American men are 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate
cancer than Caucasian men, and they are also nearly 2.4 times more likely
to die from the disease.2
About 1 man in every 39 will die of prostate cancer.3
More than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed
with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.3
CaroMont Cancer Center, Eating for Cancer Prevention. PowerPoint Presentation.
3Prostate Cancer Foundation (2009-2015). Prostate Cancer: Straight Talk
for African American Men and Their Families, 3.