Recovering From Prostate Cancer? How To Help Prevent Its Return

If you've recently recovered from prostate cancer, you want to do everything you can to prevent a recurrence. One way to do that is to continue seeing your doctor for routine checkups. Those routine checkups will allow your doctor to monitor your PSA levels. Once you've been diagnosed with prostate cancers, your PSA numbers will be a crucial piece of information that your doctor will need to have. 

If your PSA numbers begin to climb, your doctor will need to take action quickly. Luckily, they'll be able to do that if you've been following through with all your appointments. In addition to following through with all your scheduled appointments, here are some steps you can take to help reduce your chances of enduring a recurrence of prostate cancer.

Get Up and Move

If you were used to living a sedentary lifestyle prior to being diagnosed with prostate cancer, you need to get up and start moving. Adding exercise to your daily routine can help reduce your risk of recurrence. Not only that but if you're obese, daily exercise can help you lose those extra pounds. Research has found that obesity can increase your risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. Now that you're in remission, you can improve your chances of staying there by getting outside for some exercise.

Look at Food Differently

If your pre-cancer diet consisted of saturated fats, plenty of red meat, and relatively few fruits and vegetables, it's time to change the way you eat. Now that you've survived prostate cancer, you're going to need to start eating healthier. One way to do that is to cut out the saturated fats, red meat, and processed foods – including processed meats such as hot dogs. Another way is to add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. It's also crucial that you add whole grain foods to your diet. Switching to a healthier diet can help you prevent a recurrence.

Watch for Warning Signs

If you've recently completed treatment for prostate cancer, it's crucial that you monitor your health. One way to do that is to understand the warning signs of a possible recurrence. Knowing what the warning signs are will allow you to seek medical attention promptly. Some of the warning signs include blood in the toilet following urination or bowel movements, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, or the return of the original symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your prostate cancer doctor as soon as possible.