Prostate Cancer: What Does a Mustache Have to Do with It?

ProstateCancerInfographic-300x247After a month of women wearing pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness in October,
November rolled in with a whole new way to bring visibility to cancer risk as men took the lead.  Since 2004, prostate cancer activists have used November (a.k.a. Movember) to grow mustaches to raise funds and awareness (almost $300 million raised thus far!).

Prostate Cancer Facts & Risk Factors from Prostate Cancer Foundation 

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the US (excluding skin)
  • 1 in 6 men will be affected
  • Age is a factor- most men are diagnosed over 65 years of age
  • Race is a factor- African American men are at higher risk
  • If you have a father or brother with the disease, you are twice as likely to develop it
  • Risks for aggressive type include lack of vegetables in diet, tall height, lack of exercise, high calcium levels, agent orange exposure

You Can Take Action to Lower Your Risk or Slow the Progression*

  • Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables- these have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce your cancer risks- five servings per day is recommended for average person, NINE servings a day are recommended for men with prostate cancer
  • Avoid charred meat- the carcinogens can trigger chronic inflammation in the prostate
  • Sugar is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer.  Cut it out of your diet and avoid simple carbs that transform into sugar (like white potatoes, white bread….)
  • Regular exercise can slow tumor growth- get 30 minutes a day
  • If you are overweight- lose the excess but pay attention to maintaining or gaining muscle mass which will help fight cancer
  • Stress reduction and social support matter!

(*Heber D. et al., (2009) Nutrition, Exercise and Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Foundation CA.  To download a free copy of this report click here )

How Acupuncture Can Help:

  • Our past blogs covering cancer provide randomized clinical trial research study results finding that acupuncture is an effective tool in combating the side effects of chemotherapy, reducing fatigue, and calming anxiety in cancer patients.
  • Men with advanced prostate cancer often suffer from hot flashes. Numerous research studies show that acupuncture can help reduce hot flashes (although these studies are limited by small sample sizes)- here are two such studies:
    • Thirty-one men (Sweden) were randomized to test if electroacupuncture (EA) enhanced treatment effects in a 12 week study. Results: Hot flashes decreased significantly   (“from a median of 7.6 (interquartile range [IQR], 6.0–12.3) at baseline in the EA group to 4.1 (IQR, 2.0–6.5) (p = 0.012) after 12 wk, The effect lasted up to 9 mo after treatment ended. CGRP did not change significantly.”)  To read the full research study click here: EA.prostatecancer
    • Seventeen men (US) were enrolled in a 14 week study and received one 30-minute acupuncture session per week (no control group, no randomization).  Results “at the 14-wk follow-up, with patients reporting an average of 2.63 ± 1.2 hot flashes per day. The 14-wk numbers represent a significant improvement from the baseline frequency of hot flashes (p = 0.001)”  To read the full research study click here prostatecancer.usstudy

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

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