September 14, 2010


LEWISBURG, Tenn. — According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 215,000 new cases of prostate cancer are estimated to occur in the country during 2010. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Marshall Medical Center educates the community on risks and warning signs of the disease.


Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. While most prostate cancers grow slowly and initially remain confined to the prostate gland, in some cases, the cancer can be aggressive and spread quickly,” said Dr. Anthony D. Khim, board certified urologist at the Specialty Clinic at Marshal Medical Center.

There are several factors that influence a man’s risk of prostate cancer. The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with the disease. More than 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. African American men have the highest prostate cancer rates in the world and are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease than Caucasian men. Family history can also increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer.

The following tips may help lower your risk of prostate cancer:

Incorporate the right foods in your diet. Tomato products and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, are thought to reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer. There is also growing evidence that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help stop the development of cancer.

Decrease saturated fat. Saturated fats from meat and dairy products may help promote prostate cancer.

Drink green tea. Antioxidants found in green tea and many fruits and vegetables are helpful in preventing prostate cancer and help to remove toxins from the body.

Avoid smoking. Monitor your fluid intake. Limit alcohol and coffee, which can irritate the prostate gland. Drink eight to 12 glasses of water a day, to keep fluid flowing through your kidneys.

“Many risk factors for cancer can be avoided, but some cannot. While a man may exercise regularly, eat healthy and abstain from smoking, his inherited genes may still make him at risk,” said Dr. Khim. “It is important for all men age 50 and older to be screened for prostate cancer.”

Dr. Khim, along with board-certified urologists Drs. James M. Fitts, Jr., and Stephen H. Heffington, will be conducting free prostate cancer screenings on Friday, September 24, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Northside Medical Plaza at 1600 Nashville Highway in Columbia. Those encouraged to attend are men who do not have a personal physician and who have not been screened for prostate cancer within the past 12 months. Pre-registration is required. Call 931.380.4044 to schedule a screening.