When it comes to health problems, men have to be on the lookout for prostate cancer more than anything else. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in men, and the second cause of death after lung cancer. What makes it extremely dangerous is the fact that the majority of men discover it when there is nothing left to do. This is why men have to go to the doctor and get tested when the smallest symptoms appear.
It is not uncommon for prostate cancer to spread to the bones. This is why many men will complain of bone pain. There are other cases when patients may develop spinal cord impingement due to the epidural spread of the disease. From this moment on, pain or neurological damage is bound to happen, according to the area where the spinal lesion is. Not to mention other side effects, such as loss of bowel, bladder function, the ability to walk etc.
Also known as a silent killer, the prostate cancer takes people by surprise because it does not reveal accurate symptoms. The symptoms that one might feel are very similar to the ones describing prostate infections. These inconclusive features are the ones that can make prostate cancer harder to diagnose. A good idea would be to see your family doctor or a specialist at the first signs that something is wrong or on a regular basis.
Among the signs that can indicate prostate cancer, we should mention: blood in the urine (can be seen with the naked eye or microscopically), pain during urination, swelling, weight loss, the inability to pass the urine etc. However, the symptoms might not always show, so the diagnosis usually happens by accident.
Genetics play a very important role in the evolution of cancer. Thus, if a man has a father or a sibling that has suffered from this disease, the chances to develop it are doubled. But this can be seen as half good news, because by studying a man’s genome, specialists are capable to predict the right type of treatment and drugs.
Regular walking at a rapid pace can actually help in the case of prostate cancer. For instance, stagnation of the cancer has been noticed in men that have done a regular walk at a constant speed of 3 miles/hour (or even more) for minimum 3 hours/week.
Treatment depends on the size of the tumor, the resistance of the body and many other factors. It is important to think and act fast in situations of this type, trying every possible solution. The side effects are usually similar to those from the radiation therapy. However, a number of patients have reported that with the proton therapy, the side effects are less violent. Afterwards, another vital step is the therapy for restoring the erectile function. However, total success is not always guaranteed.
Cancer can definitely be a terrifying word. But it is important to remain optimistic and think about the fact that, if caught from early stages, treatment can be one hundred percent successful.