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Integrative Treatment of Common Cancers in Men 

Integrative Treatment of Common Cancers in Men
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Integrative Treatment of Common Cancers in Men
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Mary L. Hardy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199843794.003.0016
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date: 30 March 2020

Male death from cancer exceeds that of women, with the three most common cancers in men being prostate, lung and colon. Many men use complementary therapies as part of their cancer treatment. Dietary interventions can impact cancer risk and can influence the stage at which cancers present. Higher red meat consumption may lead to higher rates of some cancers, high glycemic index foods contribute to cancer risk and higher fiber and fruit/vegetable intake lowers cancer incidence. Obesity and smoking are two of the leading contributors to cancer risk, so lifestyle approaches aimed at decreasing these factors can be especially helpful. Nutritional supplements have been shown to be helpful in the treatment of many side effects associated with cancer treatment including stomatitis, peripheral neuropathy, radiation dermatitis, nausea. Massage and mind-body therapies can also be beneficial as augments to conventional treatment. In terms of prevention, some vitamins have ben shown to help prevent the incidence of certain cancers important in men’s health, while others may increase risk of cancer.

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