Frequent urination… Tomatoes help prevent ‘this cancer’

About 17,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year… Eating too many calories from meat, genetics, etc.

Lycopene, which is abundant in red tomatoes, helps prevent prostate cancer through its antioxidant action. [사진=클립아트코리아]

There are cases where middle-aged women who cannot sleep at night because of their husband’s snoring use different rooms. Frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night also disrupt sleep. I wake up to the sound of rustling and dripping water. However, it can be a symptom of cancer. It is prostate cancer, which is “male cancer”. The sooner you recognize the symptoms, the easier it is to treat. It’s good for families to know too. Learn more about prostate cancer.

◆ Prostate cancer?… 17,000 new patients every year

The prostate, also known as the ‘prostate gland’, is a walnut-sized male reproductive organ located just below the bladder, which is responsible for producing and storing some of the semen. Cancer that occurs here is prostate cancer. It is one of the three main cancers in men with a high number of patients, with approximately 17,000 new patients each year. It is expected to continue to increase along with colorectal cancer as the diet changes to a western style.

◆ Symptoms?… Frequent urination day and night, discomfort continues

Prostate cancer also has no symptoms in its early stages. When the cancer progresses to a certain extent, it attacks the surrounding organs and causes symptoms related to urination. The urine does not come out well, the stem becomes thin, and there is a sense of residual urine as if urine remains after seeing it all. There are also symptoms of an urgent urge to urinate or an unbearable urge to urinate. Frequent urination day and night, and in some cases, acute urinary retention where urine does not come out at all. Occasionally, there may be blood in the semen or hematuria which can be seen with the naked eye.

◆ Prostate hyperplasia with similar symptoms… . Prostate cancer is life threatening

Prostatic hypertrophy, where the size of the prostate gland increases, has symptoms similar to those of prostate cancer. BPH is a benign tumor in which tumor cells grow slowly and do not migrate to other sites. However, prostate cancer is a malignant tumor that is even life-threatening. Cancer cells grow quickly and spread to nearby tissues and other parts of the body. If you have symptoms related to urine, you should consult a urologist as soon as possible to check for cancer.

◆ What are the risk factors? Excessive consumption of calories from meat, genetics and male hormones

Prostate cancer is linked to excessive consumption of calories from meat, genetics, and the effects of male hormones. It is rare under the age of 40, but increases rapidly at age 50 or older. A family history of prostate cancer is as high as 9%. If a brother or sister has prostate cancer, the risk is three times higher. Family members with a family history of prostate cancer are eight times more likely to develop prostate cancer than those without a family history.

◆ Prevent?… . Reduce risk factors and tomatoes, beans, etc. help

A representative ingredient that reduces the risk of prostate cancer is a lot of lycopene in red tomatoes, which acts as a powerful antioxidant (to prevent cell oxidation). The National Cancer Information Center in Korea also mentions tomatoes as a good food to prevent prostate cancer. The genistein component found in soybeans and the catechin component in green tea are also helpful. It is good to reduce risk factors such as avoiding foods high in calories and having regular prostate cancer screenings if there is a family history.