February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so we thought it would be appropriate to talk about how to lower the risks of getting prostate cancer, the most prevalent type of cancer in men (after skin cancer).
Since the prostate gland plays a role in controlling urine flow, treatments for prostate cancer – particularly surgery and radiation therapy – often result in incontinence problems. It’s usually temporary, but a nuisance nonetheless.
Most men experience involuntary urinary leakage when coughing, sneezing or laughing (stress incontinence) after prostate cancer treatment. Others might get sudden urges to urinate (urge incontinence), experience dribbling issues or have a weak stream. Male incontinence after prostate surgery or radiation is commonly treated with Kegel exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Some men might even wear incontinence protection, such as male guards, in case an unsuspected leak occurs.
While there is no clear-cut way to prevent prostate cancer, or any type of cancer, there are ways that may lower your risk of getting it:
For more information on prostate cancer prevention and treatment, visit the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.