What is Prostate Cancer:
- The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
- It is treatable if diagnosed early, before it spreads
- If symptoms appear, they include problems with urination
- Regular screening is the best way to detect it in good time
Which men are at risk for prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among men. It is thought that virtually all men with circulating androgens (hormones) will develop microscopic prostate cancer if they live long enough. In fact, when prostatic tissue is scrutinized under a microscope after autopsy, cancer is detected in 50% of men older than 70 years of age.
Signs and Symptoms
- Men with prostate cancer often have elevated levels of a substance called prostate specific antigen (PSA), which can be detected through medical screenings
- Some men find it difficult while passing urine
- Low back pain is another common symptom
- Pain during ejaculation should not be ignored
Can you prevent prostate cancer?
According to the doctors around the world, it is suggested that men aged between 55 to 69 who are considering screening should talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits of testing and proceed based on their personal values and preferences. You must be aware of different stages when you need to get the screening done:
- Under 40yrs — Screening isn’t recommended
- 40 to 54 — Routine screening isn’t recommended for men at average risk
- 55-69 — Screening every 2 years
- 70 and older — Screening isn’t recommended
If prostate cancer is in an early stage and is growing slowly, treating the cancer would cause more problems than the disease itself. Consult your doctor who may recommend active surveillance or watchful waiting.
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