Taking care of our health becomes really important as we age because our bodies do not function the same as they did when we were younger. We are becoming prone to different types of diseases because our immune system is not as strong anymore. Without proper care, our bodies will be more vulnerable.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common health problems that men face when they get older. Being the most common, many are looking for possible prevention to acquire such fatal disease. There is still no cure for cancer but there are several ways to help prevent acquiring one.
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a small part of the male reproductive system — it is just the size of a walnut, located just below the bladder. Prostate cancer happens when the cells in the prostate gland expand or grow uncontrollably.
This is fatal in most cases and often does not show any symptoms in the beginning. Prostate cancer is mostly caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and aging. This is the reason why men in the age of 50s have a higher risk of getting prostate cancer.
Since there are no symptoms in the beginning, most of the time once you feel something different or painful in your bladder area, it cannot be directly declared as a prostate problem. Rather, it can also be because of some urinary problems as well like BPH. As the two can often be related. You may experience loss of weight, loss of appetite, pain in your pelvic area, etc. When this occurs, make sure to get yourself a checkup.
Prostate cancer preventions
Some of the prevention that men do as they age is to really take care of themselves.
- Maintaining a balanced diet is one of the ways to do this. Eating more healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and avoiding fatty foods.
- In addition to this, exercising regularly is really beneficial to our health and body.
- Another prevention that men can do is to stop smoking because it really has great effects on the prostate.
- However, there are also unconventional preventions that experts suggest. One of which is staying sexually active and masturbating.
Masturbation and its connection to prostate cancer
Men may have heard this before, that masturbation can help lower their prostate cancer risk. However, according to one of the studies, it is only applicable to men at the age of 50. Frequent masturbation is not advisable for younger men as it can increase the risk of getting prostate cancer.
Now, you may be wondering what is the relation between prostate cancer and masturbation. There is still no valid study about this, only theories. But there are studies saying that men who stay sexually active have less risk of getting prostate cancer. This is because, through masturbation, the toxins and other prostate cancer materials in the body are being flushed out.
However, there are also some studies that do not support this. Since this is only a theory, this remained a very controversial topic among researchers. Saying that masturbation does not have an effect on the prevention of prostate cancer. In addition to this, researchers cannot really pinpoint why such sexual activities like masturbation can help men lower their risk of getting prostate cancer.
- Kristine Oliver