Prostate Cancer – symptoms, causes and treatment
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Possible pain or burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, a decrease in the size and force of urine flow, an inability to urinate, blood in the urine, and continuing lower-back or pelvic discomfort just above the pubic area. But there may be no symptoms until an advanced stage or until the cancer spreads out beyond the prostate.
Many, many, times the above symptoms point to a benign enlargement of the prostate and is not cancer in that organ.
Prostate Cancer Causes
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland at the base of the bladder and encircles the urethra, the tube through which the bladder voids urine. The prostate makes prostatic fluid which nourishes the sperm.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Americans. Poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins and cancer-causing chemicals, and overactivity of the sexual organs are possible causes. There is a link between a high-fat diet and prostate cancer. It is believed, by some, that a vasectomy may increase the likelihood that this problem will later develop.
Men over 65 have 80% of the cases of prostate cancer, and 80% of 80-year-old men have it. The younger a man is, when he is diagnosed with prostrate cancer, the worse the outlook. Those with recurring prostate infections are at greater risk. Men whose ancestors had prostate cancer are more likely to develop it. African American men have the highest rate, and Asiatic American men have the lowest.
A careful, but relatively simple, rectal examination can reveal if cancer is developing in this organ. There are also other screening methods, and PSA (prostate-specific antigen) appears to be the best. The PSA test should be taken twice if there is an indication of cancer.
Prostate Cancer Treatment
• Contact your physician.
• Go on a program with a nourishing diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and outof- door exercise.
• Do not eat meat. There is a definite correlation between red meat consumption and prostate cancer.
• Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices daily.
• Avoid processed and junk foods.