Prostate Health – Avoiding Cancer At All Costs

Understanding prostate health is essential. Worldwide, over 500,000 new cases of prostate cancer will likely occur this year. Almost half of those cases will come out of the United States, where 1 and 6 men are at risk of getting prostate cancer. Of the Americans diagnosed with it, almost 10% will die.

But what is this rife, noxious disease? Getting a grip on prostate health starts with an understanding of the body. The prostate gland is a walnut-sized organ that sits right in front of a man’s rectum and beneath his bladder. It is the organ that secretes semen and is surrounded by the urethra. Prostate disorders caused by an inflamed or enlarged prostate are amazingly common and the consequence is most often a relatively harmless, albeit nagging, urinary tract infection. However, it can become acute, chronic or even life-threatening if left untreated. (Prostate problems are normally simple to treat, fortunately.) However, a malignant tumor can also result and this is what prostate cancer is. Treatment options include, among others, surgery (wherein all or part of the prostate gland is removed) and radiation therapy.

The precise causes of prostate cancer are still up in the air, as medical experts don’t have a perfect grasp on what the root of the pesky disease is. High levels of the testosterone variant DHT, a diet heavy in animal fat, and living in the United States and Europe all may increase a man’s risk of getting prostrate cancer and decreasing prostate health. However, doctors do know, beyond a doubt, that American men middle-aged and older are the likeliest of the world’s population to be diagnosed with the malignancy, which next to lung and skin cancer, is the most prevalent cancer in the United States male population.

There are several things a man can do to ensure prostate health and they include taking nutritional supplements and learning to recognize a symptom of prostatitus (a benign disorder caused by an enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer. Symptoms include frequent, painful, and sudden urination, lower back pain, fever, sexual dysfunction, and more. Fortunately, treatment is almost always successful, especially if one consults his doctor early on and finds the best treatment option for his lifestyle and needs.

The first step is to get informed and if you’re reading this, you’re off to a great start.

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