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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 5:39:46 PM by healtheo360

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for the year 2015,  that there would be about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer. Did you know that about 1 in 7 men would be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime?

Prostate Cancer

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a slow progressing cancer that many men do not show any symptoms towards. This form of cancer starts in the gland cells of the prostate, which are the cells that produce the prostate fluid that is added to the semen. There are other forms of cancer that can start in the prostate glands including: sarcomas, small cell carcinomas, neuroendocrine tumors and transitional cell carcinomas.

Symptoms

• The frequent need to urinate, especially during the night
• Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
• Blood in urine or semen
• Inability to urinate standing up

Advanced Symptoms

• Loss of weight and appetite, fatigue, nausea or vomiting
• Swelling in lower extremities
• Leg weakness
• Bone pain, often in the spine

Treatments

Early Stages

• Watchful waiting
• Radical prostatectomy
• Brachytherapy
• Conformal radiotherapy
• Intensity modulated radiotherapy

Later Stages

• Radiation
• Surgery
• Hormone Therapy
• Chemotherapy

Prevention

There are various ways to prevent oneself from getting Prostate cancer. Some of those ways are:
1. Eat few calories, to maintain a healthy weight.
2. Watch your calcium intake
3. Avoid over supplementation
4. Relax and enjoy life

Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with this disease do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with disease at some point are still alive today.

 

Sources:

Prostate Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society

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