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Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate gland, found only in men. The prostate gland is the size of a walnut, and located just below the bladder and in front of rectum. The initiation of the prostate cancer starts from the prostate gland cells, with minute changes in the size and shape. These changes are known as PIN (prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia). A prostate biopsy that shows high-grade View more...
The causes of prostate cancer are still unknown, however there are some factors contributing to the initiation and growth of the cancer. These factors include: 1) Testosterone level: This is the male hormone, and while it doesn't cause cancer, it has been shown to feed prostate cancer. 2) Age: Men over 50 are at a risk of having prostate caner. Aging produces many biochemical reactions that contri View more...
Researchers are still trying to understand the causes of prostate cancer and determine which prevention strategies are most effective. The following guidelines may help lower your risk of prostate cancer: 1) Drink alcohol in moderation- heavy drinking increases the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. 2) Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables- cruciferous foods such as broccoli, kale and cabbage mi View more...
Common Symptoms
Prostate cancer symptoms do not usually appear until the disease has advanced. However, there are some symptoms of prostate cancer related to urination. As prostate cancer advances, the prostate enlarges and constricts the urethra. This results in various difficulties with urination including burning or pain during urination, weak urine stream, inability to urinate, frequent urination, or blood in View more...
Rare Symptoms
Non-specific symptoms which might accompany urinary symptoms include: pelvic pain, weight loss, back and/or hip pain, blood in semen, impotence, and loss of bladder control.
Traditional Treatment
- Cryosurgery, in which the cells are frozen with cold metal probes, is used for prostate cancer that has not spread
- Radical prostatectomy is most often used when the cancer has not spread outside of the gland. In this operation, the surgeon removes the whole prostate gland plus some of the tissue around it, including the seminal vesicles.
- Chemotherapy is used when the prostate cancer has spr View more...
Alternative Treatment
Estrogen therapy is a form of hormone therapy that involves administering a female hormone such as estrogen. Female hormones reduce the production of testosterone by the testicles. The most commonly used estrogen in prostate cancer is diethylstilbestrol, or DES. Hormone therapy with estrogen has limited use and is generally considered only for patients who cannot have surgery or to relieve pain in View more...
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Research has suggested that having a vasectomy (a procedure in which the tubes that transport sperm are cut and tied, which in turn makes him sterile) might increase a man's risk for prostate cancer. However, there is debate about this, as there are many studies that do not support this finding. Additionally, research has found that an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) does not nece View more...
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