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It's Prostate Cancer Awareness Week and many clinics and hospitals are offering free or low-cost screenings through Saturday. For the nearest screening location, call (866) 477-6788 or go online to:

Here are some tips from the Prostate Cancer Education Council to beat the odds of an advanced prostate cancer diagnosis:

Get screened. It's the best prevention.

Women speak up. More than 60 percent of men screened say their wives or another female encouraged them to get screened.

Diet makes a difference. Diets high in dairy and fat, especially those of animal origin, increase the risk of developing prostate cancer by 80 percent. Supplements and food sources of vitamin E and selenium are anti-oxidants that have been shown to control cell damage and may prevent prostate cancer.

Get active. Compression of the prostate gland from sitting in office chairs or car seats can result in poor circulation to the prostate gland. A healthy exercise program will lower levels of prostate-stimulating androgens, increase circulation and lower stress.

Do your homework. Get informed and make positive life changes. Read, talk to others and go online to learn the many options of the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.

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