Prostate Cancer Questions and Answers
Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignant disease in America’s male population and only lung cancer kills more men every year. So why is this deadly, widespread cancer such a mystery to most people? It even eludes the medical profession to a degree – as the precise cause of prostate cancer is unknown. But if you arm yourself with prostate cancer questions and answers, you can quickly find the simple answers to them and arm yourself and/or your family against this nasty cancer too. Here are some prostate cancer questions and answers to get you started.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer begins as a malignant tumor, in which abnormal cells duplicate at an uncontrollable rate in the prostate gland (an organ of the male’s reproductive system). While men around the age of 72 are at a relatively high risk of getting prostate cancer and the disease does happen to beat out all other cancers as the most common for males in the United States – the cause of the cancer is still largely unknown, which begs the question…
What causes prostate cancer?
Doctors believe there might be environmental factors that cause prostate cancer, as it tends to occur in the West more than in Eastern countries like Japan and China. Moreover, Japanese and Chinese men living in the United States are diagnosed with the disease more often than Japanese and Chinese men living in their native countries. Basically, the geographic region that a man lives in may increase or decrease his chances of getting prostate cancer. However, high levels of the hormone testosterone probably contribute to the causes of prostate cancer as well; similarly, high fat intake is commonly associated with prostate cancer.
What is prostatitis?
50% of men suffer from prostatitis during their lifetime! prostatitis is simply the inflammation, or enlargement, of the prostate gland and all the different conditions that go along with it. It can be misunderstood as a symptom of prostate cancer but it is usually unrelated and easily treated. Low back pain, fever, and difficulty urinating and ejaculating are some of the effects of prostatitis, which is often transmitted sexually and caused by bacteria for the most part. Antibiotics heal prostatitis, but acute and chronic conditions do occur and there can be serious complications if it is not treated early on.
How many men get prostate cancer?
It is estimated that over 230,000 men in the United States (more than 500,000 overall) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and about 9% of them will die from the disease. While the number of deaths from prostate cancer is steadily decreasing, due to early diagnosis and other medical advancements, it is still an alarming problem.
What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
If you have an enlarged prostate, it is a symptom of prostate cancer, but it is very common for men over the age of 50 to have this condition and more often than not, it is benign. An enlarged prostate can cause other problems unrelated to cancer, however, so even if you don’t have prostate cancer, it’s important for you to treat an enlarged prostate.
Here are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate:
- Frequent urination
- Sudden urination
- Weak, dripping stream of urine
- Difficulty urinating and/or pain during urination
- Constant urge to empty your bladder
- Tender, swollen prostate
If you suffer from any of these ailments, talk to your doctor right away.