Understanding The Causes Of Prostate Cancer
Perhaps the reason so many people are ignorant about prostate cancer, despite the disease’s nagging stronghold on American men (prostate cancer is the second-leading killer of men in the United States), is because the causes of prostate cancer are not all that clear, even to doctors. Still, those in the medical profession have gathered enough statistics over the years and they believe a combination of factors may lead to prostate cancer.
The first most probable cause of prostate cancer is an overkill of the hormone testosterone, as those who have prostate cancer often sport high levels of testosterone too. This is a bit confusing however, as prostrate cancer often affects those who are aging an have declining testosterone levels. But because of this, a testosterone variant – referred to as DHT – increases.
Additionally, a diet heavy in animal fat tends to be associated with those who suffer from prostate cancer.
But what’s more interesting is how the environment may play a big role in causing prostate cancer. The geographic region where a man lives may directly affect the likelihood that he or she will get prostrate cancer. For instance, people in Asia are far less likely to get prostate cancer than people in the United States. Your first assumption might be that Asians are simply less vulnerable to the disease than Caucasians.
However, this is probably not true, as Japanese and Chinese men who move to the United States are at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer than Japanese and Chinese men who stay in their native countries. Basically, the incidences of prostate cancer vary wildly from country to country, not necessarily ethnicity to ethnicity. Europe and America in particular see high rates of prostate cancer. Still, this could mean that prostate cancer is detected more commonly in the States, not simply more common. The verdict is still out.
Due to how elusive the causes of prostate cancer are, prostate cancer is considered a non-preventable disease. Fortunately, it progresses so slowly that many men die from old age or other medical complications before they are even diagnosed with the cancer. And treatments for the cancer are largely successful when men are diagnosed. However, because doctors can’t pinpoint why prostate cancer occurs and the symptoms tend to sneak up on men, prostate cancer can be a dangerous and tricky disease too. And it is an alarmingly widespread problem; besides lung cancer, more men in America have died from it than any other malignancy.
The more the medical community can learn about the causes of prostate cancer, the more it can properly combat it. But in the meantime, American men over the age 50 should be on their toes and in tune to their body. This doesn’t mean they should panic over every symptom, as symptoms of prostate cancer – like enlarged prostate, and frequent and painful urination – are more commonly a result of benign prostatitus and not cancer, but that they should simply pay attention to symptoms and immediately consult a doctor if they have them. In fact, even if they are suffering from prostatitus, and not cancer, (as 50% of men will have an enlarged prostate in their lifetime that is usually harmless with simple treatment), there can still be serious and sometimes fatal complications if the gland goes untreated.