Prostate Cancer Awareness: What To Ask Your Urologist

You wait hours to see a doctor and when you finally get into the office, your mind goes blank. So what questions should every man be asking their urologist? Dr. Phillipa Cheetham will give us a break down.

Chances are men, at some point in your life you are going to have prostate health issues.

• The incidence of BPH (enlarged prostate) is at least 50% for all men 50 and over. • One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. • Prostate cancer is the 3rd most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages.

But thanks to a simple physical exam and PSA screening most prostate cancers can be detected before there are symptoms. And there is more good news: if you do have prostate disease you can harness the power of potent natural medicines to strengthen your body's own ability to heal.

At the Columbia University Medical Center's Center for Holistic Urology we are conducting clinical trials and compiling scientific research on holistic and integrative therapies so you can work closely with your medical team to integrate the latest alternative techniques with mainstream medical practices.

But why wait for a negative diagnosis? Here are steps you can take to improve your prostate health, today. The Center for Holistic Urology Regimen can be broken down into three parts.

1. Supplements2. Dietary Changes3. Lifestyle

Use Natural Supplements supported by scientific research• AHCC - Active Hexose Correlated Compound Japan's leading alternative cancer therapy, research-supported AHCC is also used in hundreds of cancer clinics throughout Asia. Derived from several species of mushrooms, (numerous?) studies suggest that AHCC works against cancer growth by boosting the activity of natural killer cells that identify and kill cancer cells, and by increasing the numbers of other disease-fighting white blood cells.

Vitamin D Insufficient vitamin D is associated with developing numerous cancers, including prostate. One study found that men with above-average vitamin D levels have a 45% lower risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than those with lower levels; another that men who already have prostate cancer dramatically increase their chances of survival if they have adequate levels.

• Saw Palmetto This natural plant extract has been shown to improve urinary flow rate and decrease residual urine volume; it works in a manner similar to the drug finasteride, inhibiting the enzyme responsible for the formation of the hormone metabolite dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that may encourage the growth of prostate cells, and preventing uptake of DHT by prostatic tissue.

• Improve your DietCut the fat. Numerous studies suggest a direct correlation between dietary fat intake and prostate cancer incidence. Eat less than 30% fat overall, and favor unsaturated fats such as olive and canola oils over saturated and trans fats.

Improve ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Both are unsaturated, but omega-3 fats (salmon, cod, sardines, flax seeds) appear to protect the prostate, while the omega-6 fats (corn & soybean oils, oils in processed foods) may have a disease-promoting effect.

Go organic. The best way to avoid environmental contaminants is by eating a largely organic and vegetarian diet.

Up your fiber. Eat one big green salad every day, breakfast on a bowl of steel-cut or slow-cooked oats, switch to whole grains.

Eat more antioxidants. Include lots of antioxidant–rich foods that protect cells against free radicals, such as leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and deeply colored fruits.

Make Lifestyle ChangesReduce stress. Stress amplifies the production of free radicals, hampers the function of the immune system, and has been linked with premature aging.

Laugh out loud. Several studies have shown that laughter can decrease stress and has other positive effects. One study showed that just anticipating mirthful laughter lowered stress hormones, and UCLA is studying the benefits of humor in pediatric patients.

Exercise regularly. Moderate exercise increases the body's production of antioxidant substances, mildly boosts immune function, and leaves you feeling refreshed and energetic.

Detoxify. We are exposed to hundreds of potentially toxic manmade chemicals each day in homes and offices. Replace conventional cleaning products with non-toxic alternatives.

Know the Prostate Cancer Symptoms

See your Urologist if you have these or any other symptoms:- Trouble urinating -Decreased force in the stream of urine -Blood in your urine -Blood in your semen -Swelling in your legs -Discomfort in the pelvic area -Bone pain

For more on Dr. Phillipa Cheetham, visit

The Society Of Integrative Urology (SIU) - www.integrativeurology.orgThe Society of Integrative Urology is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing research, education and clinical practice of complementary & integrative therapies for urologic conditions of men and women.

The Center for Holistic Urology (CHU) based at Columbia University Medical Center -

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