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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
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By Joseph Rios
The month of September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — an illness that will affect one in eight men in their lifetime.

Black men are 75 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and are twice as likely to die from it as white men, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a philanthropic organization that is dedicated to research and eradication of prostate cancer.

“We know that 30 percent of all cancer is preventable with lifestyle factors. Eating healthy and exercising can prevent any number of chronic diseases, and in some cases can help reverse them,” said Howard R. Soule in a release. He is the executive vice president and chief science officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “Smart lifestyle modifications can help curtail the onset of cancer and its progression, including prostate cancer. Men who adapt these healthier lifestyle changes can help reduce prostate cancer risk, especially Black men who are at a higher risk for developing the disease.”

Prostate Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men, according to the American Cancer Society, an organization that provides cancer research. The organization estimates that there will be around 248,530 new cases of Prostate Cancer this year.

While the cancer can be deadly, most men diagnosed with the disease do not end up dying from it. Right now, more than 3.1 million men in the United States have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are still alive.

Studies have shown that men who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing advanced Prostate Cancer or Prostate Cancer that is more likely to be deadly, the American Cancer Society says. Some researchers have found that men whose diets are high in dairy products and calcium are at higher risk of Prostate Cancer.

Typically, Prostate Cancers are found early thanks to screening. Usually, there aren’t any symptoms of the disease, but advanced Prostate Cancers can cause complications with urinating, pain in the hips, back, chest and other areas, and can make the legs or feet feel weak or numb.

This month, the Prostate Cancer Foundation launched its “Eat It to Beat It” campaign to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer. The goal of the campaign is to also show that making healthy lifestyle choices can potentially reduce the risk of being diagnosed with the cancer.

Those who participate in the campaign are encouraged to eat 30 foods selected from its Periodic Table of Healthy Foods and to share their experience on the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s “Eat It to Beat It” Facebook group or to use #EatItToBeatIt in social media posts.

Those who are interested in joining the “Eat It to Beat It” campaign can do so by visiting https://www.pcf.org/eat/.

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