Local Oncology Group Reminds of Risk Factors During
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology Promotes Awareness in September
Tampa, Fla. – According the American Cancer Society, more than 240,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, with more than 17,000 new cases expected in Florida alone. While every man has some level of risk for getting prostate cancer, there are known factors that make some men more susceptible than others.
“Knowledge about the risk factors associated with prostate cancer often ensures a man’s best chance of survival,” says John M. Koval, M.D. from Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology (TBRO). “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month always serves as a great time to arm the public with the information they need to protect themselves year round.”
This September, TBRO reminds of the following risk factors:
Don’t smoke! Smoking has been shown to contribute to the growth of prostate
cancer tumors through a process that affects certain genes in the body and is
also likely to alter hormonal balance by creating an environment conducive to
Diet and Obesity: Exercise increases metabolism and
contributes to weight loss. It is also critical to feed the body healthy
foods and keep it hydrated. A healthy body weight will naturally lower
the risk of prostate cancer.
Cholesterol plays a role in cell growth in the body and in cancer. Accumulation
of cholesterol within the prostate may stimulate signals that promote cancer
Family History: Compared with men who have no family history of the disease, men with a father or brother who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer have more than twice the risk of being diagnosed. Men with two or more relatives have
about five times the risk. Men with three or more relatives are almost guaranteed to get prostate cancer.
“While prostate cancer cannot always be prevented, men can decrease their risk by taking the necessary precautions and maintaining a healthy body,” added Dr. Koval. “It is also important to note that a prostate cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. There are many treatment options available, and every patient must explore these options in order to select the best plan for them personally. Again, education is key.”
About Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology: Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology (TBRO) was formed in 2003, is a locally owned and physician managed organization committed to providing experienced, state-of-the-art cancer treatments in a caring and professional manner. We practice in four freestanding clinics, strategically and conveniently located throughout the Tampa Bay Area. We offer patients state-of-the-art planning capabilities that are offered at major academic
cancer centers across the country, so patients can receive their cancer care at
home with support of family and friends. We are the first freestanding facility
in the Tampa Bay Area to offer: IMRT and IGRT, Leipzig and Valencia, and the
most experienced and successful in MammoSite, Prostate and Leipzig treatments.
For more information please visit: www.tbropa.com or call (866) 652-0333.