The Commonality And Treatment Of Prostate Cancer
Unfortunately the terms “prostate cancer” and “benign prostatic hyperplasia” are becoming far too common these days. Can you honestly say you haven’t heard or read about it on the news or perhaps been faced with it yourself or a family member?
Statistically, prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in American men affecting one in six, and is the second leading cause of deaths from cancer, following lung cancer. Interestingly, it is rarely seem in men below 45 years of age.
But just what is prostate cancer? Basically it’s a malignant (cancerous) tumor made up of cells from the prostate gland and its staging is a complex process, progressing slowly. Some symptoms include burning or pain during urination, inability to urinate, frequent nighttime urination, weak urine stream, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, back pain, pain in hips, and/or weight loss (though not limited to just these symptoms). And remember too, that these signs can be symptoms for many other illnesses. A qualified doctor can guide you through diagnosis and prognosis.
Oddly enough, prostate cancer is more common in some racial and ethnic groups (such as African-American men) than in others, but medical researchers haven’t discovered the reason. Prostate cancer often has no symptoms, especially in its beginning stages and finding out your have it may cause you to wonder, as there may be no traces of it in your family history. That’s typical.
There’s also the treatments to consider. Though naturopathic care is certainly an option, some opt for traditional allopathic medical direction. Though standard prostate treatment may extend your life there’s always the fear of continued incontinence or impotence directly related to the treatment. And even after a prostate gland is removed, its cancer cells may remain in the body and circulate throughout the bloodstream. But remember it is most successfully treated when found early so health maintenance cannot be overemphasized, especially when one is over 50 years of age.
Besides your annual physical, pay attention to certain tests your doctor may recommend such as the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). Sometimes an abnormality may be found that causes similar symptoms as full blown prostate cancer but is not malignant in any way. Both BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostate cancer can cause similar problems in older men and symptoms are often associated together. The treatments for both differ to a large extent.