Our wonderful Rivers people, special greetings to you all, and welcome to another episode of Rivethics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that it is unwise to lose your health to gain great wealth, only to spend that wealth in regaining your health. Our topic today is on Prostate Cancer – towards the commemoration of World Cancer Day, 2018, with the theme, “WE CAN, I CAN”.
The World Cancer Day, taking place tomorrow, 4th of February, aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. Prostate cancer, the 2nd highest killer cancer in the world, is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. As we know, when it comes to health, prevention is far better than cure. Cancer prevention refers to actions taken to reduce the risks of getting cancer. Here are the primary prostate cancer prevention tips based on research.
1. Stop Smoking Cigarettes: You are never too old to quit smoking. Smokers are more likely to get an aggressive form of prostate cancer than non-smokers. There are numerous brave stories of addicted smokers who have said NO to smoking and won.
2. Exercise Frequently: Research indicates that men who exercise regularly are at a lower risk of prostate cancer than men who do not. Also, exercise helps reduce risks of heart disease and has many other health benefits. It also helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Please note that if you are changing your exercise program, you may need to consult your doctor to determine what activities are best for you.
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Improved nutrition can lend itself to a reduced chance of prostate cancer, suggests research. A diet that is low in fat appears beneficial, as studies have shown that excess fat is associated with increased risk of prostate cancer. Reduce fat by increasing the number of fruits and vegetables you eat daily. This guarantees more vitamins and nutrients needed to fight off cancer.
4. Reduce Your Weight: An obese man is at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and, therefore, should work to lose the extra weight. Combine the consumption of fewer calories with an increase in exercise, after your doctor has approved this modification in your lifestyle. Weight reduction stems from a deliberate and conscious effort based on healthy choices and an active lifestyle.
We must always prepare ourselves with sound knowledge if we are to wage an effective war against cancer, either as individuals or as families, communities, organisations, etc. And the time to start is now, not tomorrow.
Our guest speaker this week is a distinguished medical practitioner and cancer expert, Dr. Jack Omodu. He will be sharing important insights on Prostrate Cancer. Please enjoy the episode.
Distinguished Rivers people, don’t forget to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families. And God bless Rivers State.
Her Excellency, Justice (Mrs.) Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, The Wife of the Governor of Rivers State and Initiator of the RivEthics Character Development Programme.
You can also listen to and download the Pidgin English version of this Episode below