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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This month, encourage the important men in your life to get screened for prostate cancer. All through September, healthcare centers, doctors and communities, like Roanoke, Virginia, work to educate people about this common form of cancer in men. Here is some important information to know about prostate cancer, research, screening, and prevention.

What’s new in prostate cancer research?

New research is being conducted to uncover answers about genetic changes that lead to prostate cancer. The tests will find abnormal prostate cancer genes and help identify men who are already at high risk for developing the disease.

Recent research has shown that a mutation in a gene known as HOBX113 has been linked to early-onset prostate cancer, especially if it is hereditary. Screening can detect this gene and alert doctors to monitor high-risk patients.

How can prostate cancer be prevented?

Scientists and researchers continue to determine which foods or substances within foods help lower the risk for developing prostate cancer. Lycopene (found in tomatoes and soybeans), as well as Vitamin E and selenium were found to prevent cancer from developing. Vitamin supplements taken daily for five years or more were also proven to help a great deal. Conversely, one study showed a higher risk of prostate cancer in men who had high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Who should get tested?

Newer, more accurate tests for detecting the prostate-specific antigen are being developed, and it is always smart to know your status, especially if you’re between the ages of 40 and 75.