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Prostate Cancer

Overview

Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men. Recent years have seen an explosion of progress into the understanding of this condition. Along with advancements in treatment, early diagnosis and patient awareness has also come a certain amount of confusion on the part of patients trying to wade through the mountains of information available regarding treatment. The goal of the Prostate Center is to provide the prostate cancer patient with a comprehensive evaluation and thorough, unbiased counseling regarding treatment options.

At Allegheny General Hospital, the Prostate Center team includes health professionals from an entire academic health system, particularly medical and radiation oncologists (physicians specializing in tumors) and urologists (physicians specializing in diseases of the urinary system including prostate cancer) who have extensive experience in prostate cancer. The team tailors its diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to the unique needs and history of each patient to provide the best possible course of action and produce optimal patient outcomes. Professionals from the program will work with the patient and his physician to create an individual treatment plan.

This website is intended to provide general background about prostate cancer and its treatment. It also describes the Prostate Center and how to get the most out of its resources. It is our hope that, with this information, men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will learn as much as possible about their conditions.

Prevention

How do you prevent prostate cancer? A healthy lifestyle may not ensure you won't develop prostate cancer at some point in your life, but it certainly can help reduce your risk and slow the development of disease. By eating a nutritious, balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting annual check-ups, you'll help your body stay stronger and at its best.

Balancing that Diet

Did you know that eating a lot of high fat foods regularly may, in fact, increase your risk for developing prostate cancer? Consider substituting more fruits, vegetables and whole grains for high fat foods. Recent studies indicate that the antioxidant lycopene, found in tomato-based foods, peppers, and watermelon may reduce prostate cancer risk. Grapefruit, leafy green vegetables like arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, and brussel sprouts may promote good prostate health. Soy products and foods high in vitamin E are also being studied as possible methods for reducing men's risk of developing prostate cancer.

Powering Up with Regular Exercise

Because exercise can strengthen your immune system, recent studies indicate a possible connection between active lifestyles and prostate cancer prevention. And did you know that men who exercise regularly tend to have fewer symptoms of BPH than men who rarely exercise? Regular exercise may even prevent BPH from developing.

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