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Improving prostate health during Men’s Health Month

June 17, 2022 — Throughout the year, but especially during Men’s Health Month in June, doctors at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale remind men to take control of their health.

Ishai Ross, MD

According to Ishai Ross, MD, urology specialist at Holy Cross Health, scheduling annual physical exams as well as routine health exams, such as for prostate cancer, is one way to maintain optimal health.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States, just after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

“When it comes to prostate health, there is no pill, diet, or lifestyle change that can give a man a healthy prostate,” Dr. Ross said. “It is very important to diagnose prostate cancer at an early stage when it remains in the prostate and is still curable. The only way to do that is to keep up to date with routine tests and screenings. »


Some prostate conditions can be more difficult to diagnose and treat than others. Some men are prone to enlargement, inflammation, infection, or cancer due to their age, race, genetics, or environment, which is why screenings are essential.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men between the ages of 50 and 55 without risk factors, and men between the ages of 40 and 45 with risk factors such as a family history of prostate cancer, should have a blood test. annual called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examination. These screenings allow detection at an early stage when the cancer is more easily treatable.

Diet and lifestyle changes

Dr. Ross spends much of his time discussing healthy dietary changes and increased activity levels with his patients.

“Diets low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables are associated with lower levels of prostate cancer,” Dr. Ross said. “Several studies have shown a link between obesity and an elevated risk of prostate cancer. Reducing stress can also have a positive impact on prostate health. Most men are happy to learn that there is evidence that a higher frequency of ejaculation may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Clinical studies

Fortunately, doctors at Holy Cross Health employ specialized interventions based on large-scale studies that make a difference. Although there is no panacea for preventing prostate cancer, one study showed an approximately 25% reduction in the risk of developing prostate cancer in men when taking prostate cancer inhibitors. 5-alpha-reductase, such as dutasteride or finasteride. However, there are risks.

Dr Ross explains: “All drugs can have side effects and there was an association between these drugs and more aggressive prostate cancers, which is why we don’t routinely use them for prostate cancer prevention. .”

Holy Cross Health is located at 4725 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Ross can be reached at 954-267-6780.

About Sainte-Croix Santé:

A member of Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital of Fort Lauderdale, dba Holy Cross Health, is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross was named one of the Top 10 Hospitals in Metro Miami in US News and World Report’s 2021-2022 Top Hospitals Rankings. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transformative and healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as trusted health partner for the life of our community. Holy Cross Health also encompasses the Holy Cross HealthPlex outpatient facility, urgent care centers and more than 50 Holy Cross Medical Group medical practices. To learn more about Holy Cross Health, visit Connect @holycrossfl.

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