What is Prostate Cancer?
In order to know that first we need to know what the prostate is. The prostate is a small walnut size structure that makes up part of a man’s reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra which is the organ that carries urine out of the body. Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland when cells in the gland begin to grow out of control.
Who is at risk?
This type of cancer is the #1 cause of death in men over the age of 75. It is very rare to find this cancer in men younger than 40. People at the highest risk for prostate cancer include….
- African American Men who can develop the cancer at any age
- Men who are over 60
- Men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer
Other people at risk include…….
- Men who have been around agent orange
- Men who abuse Alcohol
- Men who eat a diet high in animal fats and other fats
- Tire Plant Workers
- Men who have been around cadmium
Prostate cancer is less common in men who do not eat meat aka vegetarians.
Prostate Cancer Symtoms
The PSA Blood test is used to detect prostate cancer prior to symptoms. The symptoms listed below can usually occur with prostate cancer at a late stage. These symtoms can also be caused by other prostate problems….
- Delayed or slowed start of urinary stream
- Dribbling or leakage of urine most often after urinating
- Slow urinary stream
- Straining when urinating or not being able to empty out all of your urine.
- Blood or semen in your urine
- Bone pain or tenderness in the lower back or pelvic bones (when cancer has spread)
If you or anyone you know are expeiencing these symptoms please go see or advise them to go see a health professional.
Ways to maintain a Healthy Prostate
It’s all in the way you eat or the way you supplement your body. You may lower your risk of prostate cancer by eating a a diet that is high in omega 3 fatty acids, low fat, eating similar to a traditional Japanese diet and becoming a vegetarian. In addition you can also prevent prostate cancer by drinking green tea, or taking green tea supplements. Medical professionals are positive that taking green tea in the right quantities can help prevent prostate cancer. Green tea can also halt the growth of prostate tumers in men that have already developed the cancer. This is also a very beneficial supplement in helping men maintain a healthy prostate. Below are somethings I recommend to supplement the type of diets mentioned above if you do not currently eat like this or don’t plan to eat like thas. All of these things are natural certified organic supplements by government standards.
Your doctor will discus your treatment options with you. They could include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or chemotherapy. All of this depends on your age and the stage of the cancer you are in. Some doctors will recommend simply monitoring the cancer with PSA tests and biopsy’s. This is common for older men.
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