Prostate Cancer, Man Do Not Be Negligent

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The English saying ‘life begins at 40’ may not be that accurate anymore to describe a man greatness.

Although at that particular age man may be considered to be at the peak of his life in of term of either economically or socially, the fact is, it is a line that mark where their physical ‘downward moves’ begins.

Similar to women who face many risks of illnesses, men at that age too do not get away from facing the same problem.

But, until now the awareness of men compared to women to do examination or test to know the level of their health seems to be at a significantly different level.

In fact, it is not too much if this is said to become the main cause why this group of men is also bared to various risk of diseases which can bring to death, including prostate cancer.

In most cases, almost 80 percent of patients who come to receive treatment were already in stage three and four, the stage where it is difficult to save them.

Prostate cancer can be prevented if a patient undergoes early examination. This is especially for those who have family history of whether their father or grandfather who has suffered from the disease.

For that they need to go through health screening at as early as 40 years of age, whereas for which who have no history they are encouraged to examine upon entering the age of 50 years old.

Symptoms

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Awareness in men on his health matter could save their life, in this case, the detection of prostate cancer.

Apart from does not showing any symptom, shyness and ego are among man main causes to rather suffer in silence than to undergo any health screening.

In fact, not many men are prepared to discuss problems involving their private part.

Like other cancer, prostate cancer take a long time to ‘grow’ and in early stage usually it does not show any sign until it is in serious stage.

Prostate gland problem usually happens to 50-year-old men and on, especially at late 60s or in their early seventies.

However, it can still happen earlier, especially for man who has history of prostate gland problem in his close family circle.

Lump or Growth

However, the cause of prostate cancer is still unknown, but it starts with one small bump or lump in the prostate gland without showing any symptom.

But, there are also cases of prostate cancer that show the same symptoms to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) problem which is a non-cancerous prostate tumor, a tumor which caused the prostate gland to swell and make the patient difficult to urinate.

Apart from that, patients may also facing problem of always feeling want to urinate and frequent urination. However, this symptom usually only appear after the cancer cell has grown up until it presses the urethral channel and block the urine flow.

In serious stage, prostate cancer can cause blood in the urine or causing the patient unable to urinate at all. But, for some cases, symptom only appeared when the cancer cell has spread to other part of the body such as bones (hip and flank) and kidney.

This prostate cancer cells also can spread to the brain (which causes seizure, headache, tiredness and other nerve problem), backbone (resulting in sense of pain, numbness and unable to hold urination).

The slow development of prostate cancer and the absence of symptom make detection test to treat the cancer in early stage to be difficult.

What If  I Am Told That I Have Prostate Cancer?

You should get a second opinion before undergoing any treatment. Second opinions are covered under most health insurance plan. Seek advice from a specialist (urologist, surgeon, radiologist or oncologist) who has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

Not all treatments work for everyone. However, you have the right to know all the choices you have and to play an active part in treatment decisions.

What Is The Treatment?

The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the more options that are available. Surgery, radiation therapy (either external beam or internal seed implants), hormone therapy or some combination of these are all commonly used. Depending on your age and condition, and your wishes, your health care provider may recommend only that you be watched and tested several times a year. Some urologists feel that, for men over age 70, the risks of surgery or radiation treatment outweigh any benefits. Therefore, they recommend ‘watchful waiting’. If you are younger and in good health, your health care provider will be more likely to recommend that the cancer be treated. Any treatment may have side effects.

Talk with your health care providers about your treatment options. Make sure you understand the risks, benefits and chances of success.

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