Author: Simangele Mzizi
occurs when cells in the prostate
gland grow out of control. There are often no early prostate cancer
symptoms, but some men have urinary symptoms and discomfort,” says WebMD.com.
However, you can determine your own risk of prostate cancer
by testing yourself for risk factors using this one easy method.
According to Dr Wright, the first step in reducing your prostate cancer
risk is the 2/16 ratio test, which is usually done by women. It’s important to note that men also produce oestrogen, when your body turns testosterone into oestrogen.
The 2/16 ratio, is a test that your doctor uses to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ oestrogen. By measuring the two, you can help detect prostate cancer
early. The two oestrogens are called 2-OHE1 (good oestrogen) and 16a-OHE1 (bad oestrogen). So, while 16a-OHE1 causes tumours to spread and grow, 2-OHE1 can inhibit growth.
“You definitely want more ‘good’ (2) oestrogen than ‘bad’ (16) oestrogen-substantially, more if possible. So when you get your results, your doctor should check the proportion of these two substances,” says Dr Wright. “Although there’s no consensus on an ideal ratio number, I recommend 2.0 or greater if possible. If your 2/16 ratio is less than 1.0, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to boost it, just by eating a few specific good foods,” says Dr Wright.
These foods with natural cancer-fighting substances include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and bok choy. They also help regulate and improve the 2/16 hydroxyoestrogen ratio. “A normal 2/16 ratio means a lesser cancer risk,” Dr Wright explains.
It’s important to keep in mind that, even though doing your 2/16 ratio test is one way you can use to lower your risk factor for prostate cancer, it won’t eliminate it completely.
Now that you know how to detect your prostate cancer risk, you can reduce it and protect yourself starting today by doing prostate cancer screening tests.