Prostate cancer till recently was regarded as the cancer of the west with more men of the African- American ethnicity being affected by it. But lately the scenario is undergoing a major change and more and more Indian men too are being diagnosed with this cancer.
Prostate cancer begins when cells in the walnut shaped prostate gland found only in men start to grow uncontrollably. Elderly men should include regular prostate screening (PSA test) in their annual health check-ups to help early detection.A delayed diagnosisis difficult to treat as it may have spread to other organs complicating the condition.
The risk of prostate cancer rises with age and 60% of the cancer cases are seen in men above 65 years of age. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease as there is a genetic factor linked to it.
Do not ignore if you are above 65 and have any of the below signs. Meet your doctor immediately
- Frequent, difficult or painful urination
- Not being able to urinate
- Weak or interrupted urine flow
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hip or upper thighs
Though genetic factors cannot be modified, a healthy diet rich in variety of cereals, fruits and green leafy vegetables and fish, less fatty food,regular exercise and an active lifestyle can cut down the risk of prostate cancer significantly
Early diagnosis makes the Prostate Cancer totally curable with 100% recovery rate after surgery.
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