Prostate Cancer Symptoms - Detecting it Early is the Key

The prostate gland which is in the doughnut shape fits around the urethra. This gland is found under the bladder in men. The fluid that is produced by the prostate is mixed with the sperm during ejaculation.

The prostate cancer if found more in men in the western countries. Most of the time the tumour grows slowly and there is no need for a treatment.But some of the tumours might grow faster and spread to the bones quickly. This might cause some pain in the bones.

Statistics reveal that there are around 20000 cases of prostate cancer in Canada, 215000 cases in USA, and 12000 cases in Australia, and 30000 cases in the UK per year.

There are many symptoms that can be associated with the prostate cancer. However it should be noted that these symptoms are also there for other medical conditions. Hence an expert is needed to diagnose properly.

Some of the symptoms are difficulty or inability to urinate, frequent urination at night, weak urine flow or pain during urination, blood in the urine, pain the lower back, hips, and the upper thighs.

Prostate enlargement might also give these symptoms. So by seeing the symptoms alone we cannot come to a conclusion that there is prostate cancer for that person.

It is believed that radiation could be one of the causes of prostate cancer although it is not established. If any one in your family has had prostate cancer then chances are that you might also inherit that. This is found in 5 to 10% of the cases.

Risk of getting prostate cancer is very less if you are under 50 years of age. If you are older than 50 then chances are there for you to get prostate cancer. Studies reveal that more than half of the cases of prostate cancer are for men over the age of 75.

If you are older and also have a family history of prostate cancer then you run the risk of getting it. The risk of developing prostate cancer is high if you are in the habit of taking high fat diet.

To lower the risk you should include high vitamin E, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower. However evidence for this is not there.

There is a belief that vasectomy increases the risk of prostate cancer, but researches done in this line negate that belief. There is no way to prevent prostate cancer however taking 200 microgram of selenium daily might reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer.

Normally the risk of getting prostate cancer is 1 in 13. If there is a family history of prostate cancer then the chances are increased by 2 to 3 times.

Prostate cancer if detected early could be helpful in getting a successful cure. In advanced cases it will be difficult to cure. So it is better if people above 50 years of age are aware of the symptoms and have regular check up.



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