Prostate is one of the most common cancer in men and affects mostly older men. 99 Percent of prostate cancer occur in men over the age of 50. But It can affect people in the age group 30 to 50, but rare. What ever your age is, Please try to carefully understand the tips and concepts in this episode and watch it till the end. This will certainly help in prevention of prostate cancer. Do not take it lightly and this is not a Joke because Prevention is better that Cure!
Now, lets list out 10 very useful causes and Facts and Myths that can cause prostate cancer one by one.
10: Family History & Genetics: If you have someone in your family, I mean blood relation and first degree relation, who suffered from prostate cancer, you are more likely to develop prostate cancer than the general population. But please do not panic, watch this episode till the end, so that you can take some preventive measures and get rid of this risk.
9: Diet: People who eat large amounts of fatty food and low vegetable diet, particularly red meat and other sources of animal fat that’s cooked at high heat. The diet risk factor relationship with prostate cancer is probably hormonal. Fats stimulate increased production of testosterone and other hormones, and testosterone acts to speed the growth of prostate cancer.
Before I list out the other Risk factors and causes, lets try to understand how this prostate cells become cancerous. You all know cancer means uncontrolled multiplication of abnormal cells in your body in simple words. Please watch this section carefully and with patience.
There are two hypothesis on how prostate cancer cells are stimulated at molecular level.
One is the Androgen/Testosterone theory and the other is Zinc Hypothesis. Its not easy to understand these concepts for everyone. Will try to make it simple.
The ‘androgen hypothesis’ states that prostate cancer development and progression is driven by androgens – that’s male hormone testosterone, and Testosterone Replacement Therapy has the theoretical potential to drive prostate cancer development and progression. In simple words too much testosterone may cause prostate cancer. You know! Surgical Removal of Testes – that’s known as Orchidectomy is one of the treatment steps in Prostate Cancer?
Zinc Hypothesis: The normal prostate cells accumulate zinc to produce citrate which is a common component of semen. Prostate cancer cells do not have zinc. This allows prostate cancer cells to save energy by not making this citrate, and this extra energy is utilized to grow and spread cancer cells. Its all at genetic level and difficult to understand. But this hypothesis does not prove that taking too much zinc supplements will prevent prostate cancer.
Well, now lets continue with the risk factors and causes.
8: Hypertension: Men with high blood pressure are prone to develop prostate cancer. So for youngsters, please watch out your lifestyle.
7: Lack of Exercise: Also carries a small risk of prostate cancer. So make it a habit to exercise regularly. Atleast 30 minute a day for 5 days a week.
6: Vitamin D: Lower blood levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. So get your vitamin D levels tested atleast once in a year. You know 70 percent of population is deficient in Vitamin D levels. You can watch my detailed video on Vitamin D deficiency signs and symptoms and easy methods of treatment and prevention of this problem. This video is linked to a card at top right corner and also at end screen and description of this video. You can go there later, but Lets complete this first.
5: Medications: There are some links between prostate cancer and drugs like Statins which lower the cholesterol levels in blood. These drugs decrease prostate cancer risk because testosterone is synthesised from Cholesterol according to our Androgen Hypothesis explained already.
4: Infections: Infection or inflammation of prostate called prostatitis may increase the chance for prostate cancer. This happens by increasing blood flow to the area and increasing the activity of cells. Specially if this infection is from STDs- that’s Sexually Transmitted diseases. So you must know, you have to be careful and use nice preventive measures to prevent these STDs.
3:Cadmium and other Carcinogenic chemical exposure and in occupational workers like Welders, battery manufacturers, rubber workers are more prone according to some studies.
2: Smoking: is also a risk factor not only for lung cancer, but also prostate cancers.
1: Sexual and other Habits: Infact there is very little evidence that frequent ejaculations can prevent prostate cancer, Its not yet proved that a link exists between prostate cancer and an active sex life or masturbation. Neither any link with vasectomy, circumcision and most importantly no link between BPH and prostate cancer. For those who do not know, BPH is a common noncancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Most men as they age will experience an enlarged prostate as they age which is called BPH.
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References and Research Studies Links:
Testosterone and Prostate Cancer:
Zinc importance for Prostate Health:
Ejaculation and Prostate Cancer – No link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/198487
Finasteride delays Prostate cancer:
Emedicine Articles with Multiple references –