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Ask the Pros~ Dr. Kris Gast

Q: What can I do to keep my prostate healthy?

A: Actually, many actions will help to keep your prostate healthy, plus improve your overall health.  Consider the following:  adding foods with lycopene to your diet, such as red peppers and tomatoes; eating fish (omega 3 acids) and increasing soy in your diet; taking zinc supplements since a zinc deficiency has been linked to prostate enlargement; limiting your consumption of alcohol and caffeine; exercising on a regular basis at least 150 minutes a week, especially if you are over the age of 50; and having regular checkups. To learn more, please plan to attend the UAFS Lifelong Learning lecture titled Prostate Cancer: Myths and Reality at UAFS on September 18at 1:00 pm at the Echols Conference center.  Visit the website to register for the lecture or call 479-648-1800 for more information.


Q: How common is breast cancer?

A:  Even though breast cancer does appear in men, occurrence is one hundred times more common in women. In fact, worldwide, breast cancer accounts for nearly 23% of all cancers in women.  Survival rates in the Western world are quite high with 8 out of 10 women surviving for at least five years after their diagnosis.  In developing countries survival rates are considerably lower.  Unfortunately, nearly half a million women die every year from breast cancer.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s spend October learning all about breast cancer.  Please send your questions to .

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