How to manage Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is a reality and a menace for Boys and men who feel free to flinch. Having met a prostate cancer survivor few weeks ago, take my word that you don’t want to have prostate problems, let alone the cancer. Sadly, most men know that risks lurk, often showing their true form increasingly with each birthday. Many don’t know they have problems or don’t wish to know until it’s too late to treat them.Whenever possible, i do check ups every year but whether I do it or not, the reality is that Prostate cancer is a worry all male have to live with.From various studies that I have read, the most common problem is lower urinary tract symptoms or obstruction in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Surveys show that over 40 percent of men over 60, and 90 percent of men over 70 show symptoms of benign prostratic hyperplasia. Prostate size and prostate symptoms increase with age and among males in their 40s, about 40 percent have an enlarged prostate, while among males in their 80s, about 80 percent have a similar problem.An enlarged prostate presses the bladder; therefore, males with an enlarged prostate have urinary symptoms like frequency, hesitancy, straining incomplete emptying or dribbling.Experts have grouped obstruction into three stages namely mild, moderate and severe.In UK, a recent study showed that when men get older they get post-void residual urine. The milder the problem, the less residual urine they have.Several years ago, British Medical Journal published several therapies to treat obstruction.
For mild obstruction, phytotherapy which include consuming is popular in Western Europe and the U.S.Details in my possession shows that muscle relaxation therapy is a standard treatment for obstruction although hormone therapy is more effective. However, few men want to take that path because of the side effects such as erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and decreased ejaculation.A recently published research now suggests that what we eat is linked to the development of prostate cancer which happens to be the most common type of cancer in men after skin cancer.According to the study, about 2 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lives.In most cases of prostate cancer, the disease progresses rather slowly.Researchers suggests that men who have prostate cancer can improve their chance for survival by introducing manageable dietary changes including limiting amount of red meat consumed and one should not not eat red meat more than two to three times per month, the amount of sugary foods, dairy products, omega-6 fatty acids often found in hotdogs, hamburgers, and fried foods. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is advisable for men.For older men in their late 60s and above, severe lower urinary tract symptoms,surgery like prostatectomy is also another option.
A more scary problem is prostate cancer.Unlike, lower urinary tract symptoms, prostate cancer does not usually show early symptoms until you have it.However, some men may have a more aggressive disease that can spread quickly.It is critical for prostate cancer to be detected in the early stages when it is still confined to the prostate.When prostate cancer is found early,there is a much higher survival rate.Would like to share what some of the studies that I have come across, its important to be alert and consult a consultant when you have symptoms that include but not limited to painful or burning sensation when passing urine, painful ejaculation, blood in urine or semen, discomfort in the lower back, upper thighs, buttocks area and even along one side of the penis, severe incontinence of urine and also discharge from the urethra.Although those may not be indicative of prostate cancer, it is best for you to see your doctor without delay.Lower urinary tract symptoms and cancer are different problems. However, some cases show that a man could have both at the same time. However, having Lower urinary tract symptoms does not mean you will have cancer.More than three quarters of cancer cases are asymptomatic.Therefore, experts advises men to have a blood test to assess their prostate-specific antigen and a digital rectal exam at age 55 years and above and those with relatives who had prostate cancer or breast cancer, it is advisable to have the test at age 45. Addressing health issues, especially the prostate, can be a devastating prospect for all of us.