A Little About Prostate Cancer

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Prostate cancer affecting men

Prostate cancer affects an individual of every six males.  Most men who are approaching their 40’s want to know at least something about prostate cancer as they don’t face any signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.


What is prostate cancer? 

The simple answer is prostate cancer is that this type of cancer starts when the cells in the prostate gland grow out of control.  The prostate gland makes some fluid that is a part of semen found only in males. 


Where is the prostate gland?

The prostate gland is present below the bladder, the hollow region to store urine and in front of the rectum, the last part of the intestines.  The size of the prostate can vary depending on the age. 


How to detect prostate cancer?

It should be noted that a person who has prostate cancer may not suffer any symptoms at all.  It is very important to check for prostate cancer frequently, especially more when a man gets older to detect before any symptoms show up at all in most cases.


Early signs of prostate cancer 

There are no warning signs of prostate cancer.  A person who is affected with prostate cancer can’t even feel the pain or analyze the growing tumor pushing against anything else.  That’s why regular screenings are so important for detection.


What is an enlarged prostate?

– Difficulty in urinating or emptying the    bladder – Frequent urination or weak urine flow – Dribbling urine after urinating – Erectile dysfunction  – Pain in ejaculation – A sudden need to urinate


Symptoms of advanced prostate cancer

If prostate cancer spreads to other parts of the body or breaks out of the prostate it can lead to advanced prostate cancer. – Pain in the hip, back or pelvi – Problems in erection – Blood in the urine or semen – Unexplained weight loss


How is prostate cancer treated?

There are many different treatment options such as active surveillance, chemotherapy or surgery, radiation or hormone therapy for treating prostate cancer where it is essential to discuss these with a trusted family doctor or an experienced Oncologist before making any decisions. 


Important things to consider

– The grade and stage of cancer – Age and expected life span – Other complicated health conditions  – Feelings regarding the opinion of doctors    to treat cancer right away – The likelihood regarding the treatment to     cure it  – Possible side effects 


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