Just like a guy might want to avoid discussing an epic fail and their feelings, prostate cancer is just one of those topics most guys don’t want to talk about. Yet prostate cancer, a disease that originates in the small gland that produces fluid for semen, is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men aside from skin cancer.
What’s more it strikes African American men hardest with an estimated risk of 1 in 5 developing prostate cancer during their lifetime, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can call it a guy thing, but be aware ladies, prostate cancer is one tough subject for men. In general, any topic that focuses on their sex life or sensitive parts of their bodies qualifies, and it doesn’t get more sensitive than one’s prostate.
That may explain one reason why men put off going to the doctor as long as possible, and tend to be more resistant to making an appointment when they do develop symptoms.
Bringing up prostate cancer as a topic can be difficult to do too, so here are three new conversation starters for you:
Keep a healthy weight
Obese men are more likely to have precancerous lesions and are at a 57 percent greater risk of developing subsequent prostate cancer than their thinner counterparts, even if their current biopsies are determined to be benign.
Columbia University researchers conducted a case-control study among 494 of these patients and 494 matched controls. Precancerous abnormalities were found in 11 percent of the benign specimens from men who were obese at the time of the procedure.
The researchers accounted for several factors — a family history of prostate cancer, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels during the initial procedure, and the number of PSA tests and digital rectal exams during follow-up.