What is Prostate Cancer? Prostate Cancer: Symptoms & Treatment

Part of the male reproductive system, the prostate is a gland that makes semen to carry sperm. Prostate cancer is a slowly progressive disease that affects this gland. Usually prostate cancer symptoms do not appear till the final stages. Sometimes, the cancer begins to spread at a rapid pace and outside the prostate, more often to the lymph nodes and bones. 

While there are no known causes of prostate cancer, lifestyle and food habits have a strong correlation with the disease. Diets that are meat rich, especially red meats, tend to increase the risk of prostate cancer. Excessive intake of dairy items instead of soy can be another cause. Another known cause is family genetics and history of prostate cancer. Smoking is also related to prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Some of these symptoms include: frequent urination, difficulty in passing urine, pain when urination, blood in urine and semen, pain in the pelvis and back. . 

Once the prostate cancer has reached its final stages however, the symptoms are different. You can experience stiffness in the back and pain in the pelvis, ribs, thighs and back. There could be weight loss, lack of appetite, nausea and fatigue. You could have discomfort, along with restrictive bowel movement. The lower limbs could also experience numbness.

Prostate Cancer Treatment
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, you will have to get treatment for it depending on your age, stage of cancer and health. There are a few options for getting prostate cancer treatment. A prostate cancer treatment known as active surveillance is meant for early stage prostate cancer. If you require a surgery to remove the gland you will have to undergo a procedure known as prostatectomy. Your doctor might also suggest radiation or hormone therapy as treatment as well.

Prostate cancer requires regular follow up over the years. It is important to ensure you are getting treatment and advice from a reliable professional for this reason.  Drop by Columbia Asia Hospital today for your check up or diagnosis from professional doctors and staff.

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