Prostate cancer is the cancer that occurs in the prostate, a small nut shaped like gland found in men which produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
Prostate cancer happens to be every man’s biggest fear and the most commonly diagnosed cancer found in men. It usually develops gradually and most likely confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm.
However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and spread quickly.
Some Common symptoms of this form of cancer are:
Decreased force in the stream of urine
Blood in semen
Discomfort in the pelvic area
Even though a substantial cause for this cancer has not been proven, these symptoms should be channeled quickly to a doctor once an observation has been made with any of the above symptoms being prevalent in one’s health.
There are many risk factors that have been directly associated with the prevalence of this disease in men. These include:
Age- Risk of prostate cancer increases as you age.
Race- For reasons not yet determined, black men carry a greater risk of prostate cancer than do men of other races. In black men, prostate cancer is also more likely to be aggressive or advanced.
Family history- If men in your family have had prostate cancer, your risk may be increased. Also, if you have a family history of genes that increase the risk of breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2) or a very strong family history of breast cancer, your risk of prostate cancer may be higher.
Obesity- Obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that’s more difficult to treat.
There are a few complications aligned with this disease which involve the cancer metastasiing. This means that prostate cancer can spread to nearby organs, such as your bladder, or travel through your bloodstream or lymphatic system to your bones or other organs. Prostate cancer that spreads to the bones can cause pain and broken bones.
Incontinence: Both prostate cancer and its treatment can cause urinary incontinence. Treatment for incontinence depends on the type you have, how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve over time. Treatment options may include medications, catheters and surgery.
Erectile dysfunction: Erectile dysfunction can result from prostate cancer or its treatment, including surgery, radiation or hormone treatments. Medications, vacuum devices that assist in achieving erection and surgery are available to treat erectile dysfunction.
You can reduce your risk of prostate cancer by engaging in the following healthy lifestyle methods:
Choosing a healthy diet filled with enough of fruits and vegetables- Avoid high-fat foods and instead focus on choosing a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Exercise most days of the week- Exercise improves your overall health, helps you maintain your weight and improves your mood. There is some evidence that men who don’t exercise have higher PSA levels, while men who exercise may have a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight- If your current weight is healthy, work to maintain it by exercising most days of the week. If you need to lose weight, add more exercise and reduce the number of calories you eat each day. Ask your doctor for help creating a plan for healthy weight loss.
Talk to your doctor if you notice any discrepancies and inconsistencies in your health.
It has also been proven that engaging in sexual pleasure reduces ones risk of getting prostate cancer.
Claron Health International does the PSA screening which helps detect any unforeseen cancerous cells thriving in the prostate gland of a man. This service can be enjoyed by simply booking an appointment in the website link attached to this or call our hotlines on 0506 777 300 or 0302 771 017 and speak with one of or health professionals today! Remember your health is your wealth, take some time to have a thorough health check done.