Prostate cancer? Make this one change ASAP

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and with it the unofficial start of summer – and if you’re like most folks, you’ll be firing up the grill that day.

Will there be cheeseburgers? You bet.

Do yourself a favor and make the biggest, tastiest burger you’ve ever had… and then make sure it’s the ONLY burger you have…until NEXT Memorial Day.

If you REALLY love cheeseburgers, have a second one on Labor Day. Begin and end the BBQ season with it – but lay off the rest of the year, because you may love the stuff, but so does something else.

Many cancers absolutely THRIVE on the saturated fats in red meat and cheese.

And men, if you’re at risk for prostate cancer or have a low-risk tumor and have wisely chosen the “watch and wait” approach rather than treatment, you really need to avoid those unhealthy fats.

New research shows that saturated fats can cause a prostate tumor to grow like a weed, turning an otherwise harmless cancer into a potential killer.

The study of 1,800 men with prostate cancer finds that the more saturated fat in your diet, the more likely your cancer will turn aggressive. Specifically, men who eat the most of these unhealthy fats have a much sharper rise in the Gleason Grade, a key measure of the aggressiveness of the cancer.

In other words, men who eat the most saturated fat have a higher risk of eventually needing treatment or even facing some terrible outcomes – while men who eat a little better and choose “watch and wait” will often never need treatment at all.

So go ahead and fire up the grill on Memorial Day. Make the most of that burger…enjoy every last bite…and then say goodbye to it.

The rest of the time, eat healthier foods – and if you replace your burger with a treat such as grilled salmon or a tuna steak, you might not even miss it.

A study last year found that the fatty acids found in salmon and tuna will do the opposite of your cheeseburger: The omega-3 EPA can block the growth of prostate cancer cells.

The new study even seems to confirm it.

While men who ate the most saturated fats had a higher risk of aggressive cancers, men with the highest intake of the polyunsaturated fats found in fish and nuts – including EPA – had a lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are other steps you can make to ensure the tumor stays dormant.

Make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area and we’ll come up with the best approach for you based on your risks and lifestyle.

Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to set up a consultation.