NEW YORK, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The best gifts for Dad are those that come from the heart. What could be more heartfelt than a lifetime of Father's Days? Just a loving nudge from his kids and wife can help keep Dad on track for long-term prostate health, prostate cancer prevention, and prostate cancer awareness. Perfect timing for Men's Health Week, too!
A new grill, tickets to the game, golf clubs, a PSA blood test ... all perfect Dad's Day gifts, according to leading robotic prostate surgeon, Dr. David Samadi. "Sometimes all it takes is a little reminder from the wife and kids to get men to the doctor each year and to commit to their annual PSA test," he says.
Father's Day love is the perfect disguise for a little bit of healthy nagging with these Top Five Prostate Wellness Tips:
- Grandpa's Genes Matter – If Dad's father or brother had prostate cancer, he's two times more likely to be diagnosed; three times more likely if he has three relatives with the disease. African American men are 60 percent more likely to get prostate cancer. Risk factors shouldn't be ignored and provide strong reinforcement for #2 on our list.
- Power of the PSA – A quick and easy Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test is the only early indicator of prostate cancer. Risk increases with age, so a baseline test is recommended at age 50 (40 for those high risk) to begin monitoring PSA trends. "One spike in Dad's PSA level doesn't mean he has prostate cancer," explains Dr. Samadi, "A qualified prostate cancer expert watches the data each year looking for problematic elevations. If needed, further testing is done to determine if prostate cancer is present."
- Please Pass the Pasta – There are many ways to slip cancer-fighting nutrients into Dad's everyday meals. Tomatoes (yes, even pasta sauce and pizza), fish, broccoli, watermelon, cabbage, and green tea are among the foods believed to help ward off prostate cancer. A balanced diet goes a long way in arming the body with the nutrients it needs for disease prevention.
- Take a Hike – Dad may think he's too busy for a daily exercise routine, but the more you do to enlist him in stress-reducing activity, the healthier he'll be. His favorite sport, a family bike ride, coaching T-ball, even walking the dog can help him avoid the many health risks that come with inactivity and obesity.
- Tackle the Treatment – Should the day come when Dad is diagnosed with prostate cancer, your love and support will do wonders. Education is the strongest weapon against prostate cancer. "Early diagnosis and the counsel of a prostate cancer expert positions men ahead of the disease," says Dr. Samadi, "Robotic prostate removal surgery offers significant benefits with regard to recovery time, cure rate, and quality of life after prostate cancer."
While there's no surefire way to prevent prostate cancer, extensive research supports each of the strategies above. Annual PSA testing has reduced prostate cancer mortality rates by 40 percent. Men with wives and families to encourage their wellness are 40 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer.
Dr. David Samadi, a globally recognized robotic prostate cancer surgeon, has saved more than 4,000 men with his custom SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) prostate removal surgery. His unique procedure and 3-in-1 surgical expertise helps fathers and husbands put prostate cancer behind them and continue their happy, healthy, active lives.
On June 17th give Dad a hug and slip these from-the-heart reminders into the conversation. He'll love you for it, and he'll know you love him.