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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Black Men Can Greatly Reduce Their Risk for Prostate Cancer By Doing This One Simple Thing

Black man with prostate cancer

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), African-American men are nearly 1.6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men and 2.4 times more likely than white men to die from the disease. The risk, however, can be greatly reduced by doing this one simple thing: get enough sleep.

The link between sleep and prostate cancer risk

Researchers found that men younger than 65 who slept just 3-5 hours a night were 55 percent more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer than those who got 7 hours of sleep a night. Even one hour less can make a difference. Studies show that six hours of sleep a night was linked to a 29 percent higher risk of prostate cancer death compared to seven hours.

Although more research will be needed to determine exactly why sleep is strongly linked to prostate cancer, researchers do know that not getting enough sleep can weaken the immune system, reduce the body's ability to repair DNA, and interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone that affects sleep cycles. It can even lead to an increase in genetic mutations.

Prostate cancer highly curable

Yes, prostate cancer is a deadly disease and affects black men worse than white men. But the cure rate is high. According to the PCF, 90 percent of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, so the cure rate is very high, and nearly 100 percent of men diagnosed and treated at this stage will be disease-free after five years. The key is to detect prostate cancer early, and also make changes in lifestyle that will reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer in the first place.

Read more about prostate cancer and its risks by visiting www.pcf.org/c/understanding-and-resolving-health-disparities-in-prostate-cancer/
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