What every prostate patient needs to know

You can only do so much, right?

You do what you can to cut your risk of prostate cancer, but sometimes it doesn't matter much.

If your father or brother has had the disease, you're at risk, too.

Time to panic?

Not yet, my friend, because even if you've lost the genetic lottery and have a higher risk of the disease, the latest research shows how you don't have a whole lot to worry about!

The new report looks at men who chose NOT to have their low-risk tumors treated -- an option that's often the best approach, since most of those cancers are harmless and will never pose a threat.

They instead chose surveillance -- getting regular tests to take a peek at that tumor to make sure it remains small, harmless, and not about to turn into an ugly old killer.

That rarely happens with low-risk tumors anyway, and the new study finds that it's just as uncommon in men with a family history of the disease.

In fact, even if you have MULTIPLE relatives who've had prostate cancer, you could expect the same exact success rate with surveillance as someone with no family history of the disease at all.

How's that for a little relief?

That means you could consider skipping the drugs... avoiding the surgery... and never having to put up with radiation.

Even when those treatments "work" and wipe out the tumor, they can leave you in worse shape than you were before, with lasting problems including incontinence and impotence.

Of course, in an ideal world, you'd rather not face this disease at all.

Even a low-risk prostate tumor that doesn't need treatment can give you stress and anxiety.

I've got you covered there, too -- because there are simple steps you can take to cut your risk of prostate cancer even if you have a family history of the disease.

It doesn't take much effort, just the same basic steps that will also help give you better health overall: a good diet, a little movement each day, and a cancer-fighting trace mineral called selenium, which can cut your risk of potentially deadly stage III and stage IV tumors by as much as 63 percent.

Most men's multivitamins have selenium these days. If yours doesn't, it might be time to shop around for an upgrade or talk to your doctor about ways to make sure you have the right levels of this mineral.