June 17, 2022 — Throughout the year but particularly during Men’s Health Month in June, physicians at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale are reminding men to take control of their health.
According to Ishai Ross, M.D., a urology specialist at Holy Cross Health, scheduling annual physical exams along with routine health screenings, such as for prostate cancer, is one of the ways to maintain optimal health.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, second only to lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
“When it comes to prostate health, there is no one pill, diet or lifestyle modification that can give a man a healthy prostate,” Dr. Ross said. “It is very important to diagnose prostate cancer at an early stage when it remains in the prostate and is still curable. The only way to do that is to stay up to date on routine tests and screenings.”
Some prostate conditions can be more difficult to diagnose and treat than others. Certain men are prone to enlargement, inflammation, infection, or cancer due to their age, race, genetics, or environment, which is why screenings are critical.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men between 50 and 55 years of age without risk factors, and men between 40 and 45 years of age with risk factors such as family history of prostate cancer, should undergo an annual blood test called a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) and a digital rectal exam. These screenings allow for detection at an early stage when cancer is more easily treatable.
Diet and Lifestyle Modifications
Dr. Ross devotes a large portion of his time discussing healthy dietary changes and increased levels of activity with his patients.
“Diets that are lower in fat and higher in fruits and vegetables are associated with lower levels of prostate cancer,” Dr. Ross said. “Several studies have shown a link between obesity and elevated risk of prostate cancer. Reducing stress can have a positive impact on prostate health as well. Most men are happy to hear that there is evidence that a higher frequency of ejaculation may decrease the risk of prostate cancer.”
Fortunately, physicians at Holy Cross Health are employing specialized interventions based on large scale studies that are making a difference. Although there is not a cure-all to prevent prostate cancer, there is a study that showed an approximately 25% reduction in a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer when taking 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, such as Dutasteride or Finasteride. However, there are risks.
Dr. Ross explains, “Any medications can have side effects and there was association between these drugs and more aggressive prostate cancers, which is why we do not routinely use them for prostate cancer prevention.”
Holy Cross Health is located at 4725 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Ross can be reached at 954-267-6780.
About Holy Cross Health:
A member of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale-based Holy Cross Hospital, dba Holy Cross Health, is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross has been named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Miami metro area in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as our community’s trusted health partner for life. Holy Cross Health also encompasses Holy Cross HealthPlex outpatient facility, urgent care centers and more than 50 Holy Cross Medical Group physician practices. To learn more about Holy Cross Health, visit holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.