Useful information about Prostate Cancer

Useful information about Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer, in its earliest stages, is often unnoticeable to the patient, as it shows no symptoms until it has become more aggressive.   Men are recommended to visit their physician for regular examinations when they reach the age of 50, as this is the age at which they become most susceptible to developing the illness, although it can occur at any age.  Medical tests can detect prostate cancer in the early stages and give the doctors a chance to treat the cancer and get it under control before it has a chance to become life threatening, or spread to other areas of the body.

Symptoms of prostate cancer as it begins to develop include difficulty urinating, either due to pain, or unsteady urinary flow.  You may feel that you need to urinate more frequently than usual in the day times and especially during the night times.  This is because as the prostate gland increases in size, it pushes on the urethra causing these symptoms.  Men whose prostate gland has swollen may also find that they can’t achieve or maintain an erection as they should be able to, and they may experience pain during ejaculation. 

As prostate cancer takes on more aggressive stages, it can spread to other areas of the body.  The bones of the pelvis and lower back can be affected causing extreme pain in those areas.  Sometimes, the rib cage and surrounding muscles may also become swollen and sore.  As the cancer cells cause the spinal cord to swell, this can cause weakness in the legs, and even incontinence of the bowel and bladder. 

 To avoid getting the aggressive forms of prostate cancer, you should visit your physician once or twice a year for a physical exam.  This is especially important if you know of anyone in your family who has suffered from cancer before.  Some forms of cancer are hereditary and even if there have been females in the family with breast cancer, males in the same family could find that they develop prostate cancer later in life. 

People who are overweight are also more likely to find that they have cancer later in life too.  This is due to elevated cholesterol levels, which have been known to trigger cancer cells to develop.  To avoid this, you should make sure that you eat a balanced diet, and keep to a regular exercise routine.  If you think you are overweight, and you have not been successful in losing weight, you can see your doctor who will help you find a solution.

There are some foods that men can eat to help them prevent cancer, or slow the effects of prostate cancer.  These include walnuts, pomegranates, green tea, coffee, and foods that are high in omega-3. So this was some useful information about prostate cancer. If you happen to unfortunately suffer from it, then do not lose hope. Think positive and start its treatment as early as possible. We would like to wish you all the best for your health.

Donald D. Hayden