How To Fight Prostate Cancer
Did you know…
Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in men in the United States?
What is prostate cancer and what causes it?
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer starts when cells in the prostate gland start to grow irrepressibly. Typically, prostate cancer will grow slowly, whereas very few cases grow quickly and spread rapidly.
Researchers have been unable to pinpoint exactly what causes prostate cancer, but have narrowed down some risk factors that can increase a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer. These factors include:
• Age: Chances of getting prostate cancer rise rapidly after the age of 50. According to the American Cancer Society, about 60% of prostate cancer cases are in men older than 65 years of age.
• Race & Ethnicity: Although the reasons are unclear, research shows that prostate cancer affects more African-American men and Caribbean men of African descent than men of other races.
• Geography: Again, for reasons that are unclear, research has indicated that prostate cancer is most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia and on Caribbean Islands.
• Familial History: Prostate cancer can be genetic and men whose ancestors were affected by prostate cancer have a higher risk of having prostate cancer as well. If the affected ancestors were young when the prostate cancer was detected, the chances of developing prostate cancer are significantly higher.
It should be noted that there is no research to link diet and lifestyle directly to a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer, however it is encouraged that all men life healthy lifestyles. This includes having a balanced diet, engaging in physical activity on a regular basis and watching their overall health.
How can prostate cancer be detected?
Prostate cancer can be detected early by either conducting a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in a man’s blood or by a digital rectal exam (DRE). Both tests can be administered by your doctor. If there is detection of any abnormalities, it will be addressed with further testing and treatment right away.
It is advisable for men to see their doctor on a regular basis and speak to them about any prostate abnormalities or how to get screened for prostate cancer. It is especially important for men over the age of 50 to go and get yearly prostate exams, as their risk of developing prostate cancer increases.
The Movember Foundation works towards providing funds for programs that will change the way men view going to the doctor, being ill and asking for help. During the month of November, they encourage men to grow out their mustache to spark conversation about men’s health and to promote awareness. Would you like to get involved? Join 24 Hour Home Care and the Movember Foundation in the fight here.