According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in American men. Only lung cancer claims more victims. One in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 1 in 38 will die of the disease. That translates to 209,000 men who are diagnosed, and 20,000 who die.
When prostate cancer is found early in the process, the prognosis is quite favorable. However, if it has spread to other areas of the body, it is lethal. Severe cases frequently spread to the spine, pelvis, skull, ribs and the proximal femur, where it causes great pain. When prostate cancer has spread to the bone, the average life expectancy is only 40 months.
Fortunately, there is new hope from natural health experts. A growing body of evidence indicates the trace mineral boron can be extremely effective in protecting men against this deadly foe. Boron has both preventive and therapeutic properties. Unlike many conventional treatments, boron can selectively destroy cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue.
Ensuring that you are ingesting adequate amounts of boron in your diet can actually reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer by a full 64 percent, without any unwanted side effects. A study conducted on 2001 examined the dietary patterns of 76 prostate cancer patients, comparing them to the diets of 7,651 men without cancer. The men who had the greatest amounts of boron in their diets were 64 percent less likely to develop this cancer than those men who consumed the least amounts of boron.
What was the difference in boron intake? The men who consumed the most of this mineral were eating only about 2.5 additional servings of fruit, and only one additional serving of nuts per day, than those who consumed the least. Obviously, that is easy to add to your diet.
Beyond prevention, researchers are now saying that supplemental boron can help shrink existing prostate tumors. At the same time they decrease levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), the protein that serves as a marker for prostate cancer and seems to play a role in its progression and spread.
Health experts recommend taking a supplement to ensure you get enough boron. They suggest 3 to 6 milligrams daily, although some people may need 7 to 9 milligrams. As always, it helps to work with a holistic physician.