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Facts About Prostate Cancer Every Man Should Know - Visit Your Doctor If You Notice Any Symptoms

Prostate cancer occurs in men. The prostate gland is a small walnut-sized gland in men, which produces the seminal liquid that carries and nourishes sperm during ejaculation.

Prostate cancer is also among the most prevalent forms of cancer. Most prostate cancers are confined to the prostate organ and develop slowly, which means that they may not lead to serious damage. Nevertheless, the risk of prostate cancer increases with age.

Physicians generally consider three stages in prostate cancer - early, intermediate, and advanced. In the earlier stages, treatment options include watchful waiting (no treatment), watchful waiting (watchful waiting with treatment), and palliative therapy, radiation therapy, or surgery. As more aggressive treatment options are considered, additional courses of treatment are offered.

Radiation therapy kills cancer cells while allowing normal cells to repair damaged areas. The prostate cancer treatment options may include prostatectomy or castration, cryosurgery, or palliative therapy.

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the condition of unable to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to engage in sexual intercourse. The treatment options for erectile dysfunction include: hormonal therapy, surgery, or other treatment options may include: Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Zenerect.

African American men are at a greater risk than white people for this type of cancer because of their greater melanin pigmentation. Additionally, there is a greater risk among African Americans for some other forms of this disease.

These include non-spontaneous type prostate cancer and inflammatory prostate cancer. A family history of prostate cancer or a family history of any other serious chronic disease increases a man's risk for this type of cancer. There is a greater risk among African Americans for non-spontaneous type and for some other types of aggressive cancers.

Asian patients have a higher risk than white patients. This is because they have a higher melanin pigmentation, which is known to be an inflammatory factor.

There is also a higher risk with Chinese patients if they are men, as researchers believe that the more brown pigments there are in the skin, the more likely the patient will have prostate cancer. In addition, men who are Chinese and Asian have a higher risk for a family history of this disease.

Symptoms of prostate cancer may cause men to be more aware of their yearly health. Prostate tumors can grow quite quickly and cause significant pain and difficulty in daily life. Some of these symptoms include blood in semen, difficulty in urination, inability to pass urine, bone pain, and abdominal pain. When there is a large tumor in the prostate gland surgery is needed to remove it.

Treatment options include: "watchful waiting", where the patient is monitored for symptoms and no symptoms are present to cause further testing, "pre-operative" where a sample of cells from the tumor is removed and checked, "surgery" where a tiny incision is made and the tumor is removed, and lastly, "relapsed". Waiting for symptoms to develop, is not advised because this could make the situation worse.

The second most frequent type of prostate cancer occurs in men who are older. The most typical type of prostate cancer occurs in men who are diagnosed with non-symmetrical prostate glands.

This means that the gland is found in a location that is not symmetrical, which increases the chances of having cancerous growth. A common symptom of this type is pain during sexual intercourse. Sometimes urinary tract symptoms occur alongside this type of prostate cancer. Sometimes the urinary tract is affected when the prostate gland is removed.

If the prostate cancer tumor is caught at an early stage, there is a good possibility for a cure, which will improve the quality of life of the patient. However, if the tumor continues to spread and advances in size, there is the possibility for it to affect other parts of the body also, such as the bones or muscles.

When this happens, there is the possibility of bodily amputation. Thus, it is very necessary to detect the presence of this disease in its early stages to prevent any danger to your health.

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