Clarify the common myths surrounding prostate cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common kind of cancer among men, with one in every seven men being affected by it in the United States alone. It is also one of the few curable forms of cancer owing to its slow growth phase. Prostate cancer develops in the prostate, which is a walnut-sized gland that produces the fluid in semen and treating it usually involves radiation therapy, watchful waiting, surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and cryotherapy. Several factors contribute to the condition over time like the high-fat and high-calorie diets that men consume through their life span.
It is true that the risk of getting prostate cancer increases as you grow older. However, it should not be considered as an old man’s disease. More than 70,000 men under the age of 65 years have been detected with prostate cancer. However, detection of the condition below 40 years of age is rare, but not impossible. Some of the factors that play a key role in development of prostate cancer in younger men is family history and race. The more men in your family that have had prostate cancer, the higher your chances of getting it too. In terms of race, African-American men are more prone to prostate cancer than any other race but researchers are yet to find out why.
Similar to how a lot of times breast cancer in a woman is detected by the male partner by feeling the breasts, women can play a role in the detection of prostate cancer. But know that feeling up the prostate cannot help because a prostate tumor cannot be felt by physical examination. However, being aware of the symptoms of prostate cancer can help give the female partner an idea of a red flag. Symptoms include frequent urination, especially at night, urgency to rush to the toilet often, weak flow of urine and less control over flow, taking a long time to pee and having the feeling of the bladder not being fully empty. Ladies, if your partner talks to you about such symptoms, it might be a cue to get checked.
Men often shy away from getting treatment for prostate cancer in the fear that it might end their sex life altogether. But, this is not true because the technology used for prostate cancer surgeries are advanced enough to spare the nerves that are directly related to getting and holding erections. If surgery is the way to go, ensure that you choose an experienced surgeon who knows how to do the operation successfully without damaging your erection nerves. However, recovery might take anywhere between 2 months to 24 months. Doctors can prescribe several medications that can help with your sex life during this period, like Viagra. Other treatments like radiation therapy and hormone therapy can also affect your sex life but talk to it openly with your doctor to find suitable alternatives.
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