In the last post I described the main prostate problems: infection of the prostate, non cancerous enlargement of the prostate and prostate cancer. Unfortunately each of the problems cause similar problems such as difficulty passing urine, reduced urine flow and a feeling of incomplete emptying of your bladder. Therefore if you develop any of these symptoms you should definitely go see your doctor for further advice and treatment.
Prostate cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth of prostate gland cells. Sometimes the growth is slow; other times it can be a fast growing tumour. It is difficult to know which type you will develop. However you are more likely to develop cancer if
- you are over 50
- you have close relatives with prostate cancer or female relatives with breast cancer (due to inheriting a faulty gene)
- you are African-Caribbean or African American
- your diet is high in red meat, fat and dairy products.
In order to diagnose prostate cancer your GP or specialist doctor may do a blood test called a PSA test (which is never a stand alone test), digital rectal examination to examine your prostate, a prostate biopsy (where a needle is used to remove a small bit of your prostate to send for examination), an ultrasound using a small device inserted through your rectum or even a CT scan/MRI/bone scan to see if the cancer has spread to your bones. It is important to present early to your doctor if you have any complaints as things are always so much better if detected early on rather than late in the game! It took me a while to convince my dear Dad of this!!!!
Treatment may include actively monitoring the tumour (particularly if it slow growing), surgery or non surgical treatments like radiotherapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy. For more information see these sites
If you missed out on Movember this year, be sure to participate next year. You can also show solidarity for bros with Mos by contributing to the various sites.
Have a great day!