It is important that you know what the symptoms of Prostate Cancer are, as although this is a relatively common form of Cancer, it is also a slow growing one, and the earlier it is detected the sooner it can be treated and not allowed to spread to other parts of the body.
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What are the warning signs of Prostate Cancer?
Pain on urination
A Burning sensation on urination
Not been able to wee
The flow is not like the good old days
Blood in the urine
Lower back discomfort
But before you panic.........
remember that these symptoms are the same as for an enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH).
It is vital that you see your Doctor. Never try and self-diagnose, self-medicate or listen to advice from well meaning friends. SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
Risk Factors for Developing Prostate Cancer
Recurring prostate flare-ups
A history of a sexually transmitted disease
Having taking testosterone at some stage
For unknown reasons, African American men have the highest incidence rate for Prostate Cancer in the United States.
Sometimes there are no symptoms
How to Detect Prostate Cancer
You have to "subject" yourself (that is how most men feel) to a digital rectal examination. This is a vital test if you are showing any of the symptoms of prostate cancer.
This, however is not sufficient as most prostate cancers are found at the back of the gland and are not easily detected by a rectal examination only.
A blood test (PSA test) will also have to be done which is then sent to a laboratory to test the levels of PSA in the body. The cost of a blood test can vary a lot, ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand. However, depending on your health insurance and the circumstances surrounding the blood test, you might be able to write the cost off as a tax-deductible medical expense. There are a number of online calculators that can give you a better idea on what you might (or might not) be eligible for.
If the results are between 0 - 4 it is considered to be normal. Between 4 - 10 there is a 25% chance of cancer lurking and above 10 the chances are bigger.
These tests are however not foolproof.
If there is the slightest concern your doctor will refer you to a Urologist and further tests will be done which include a prostate scan.
It is important for men over the age of 40 to have an annual check up so these levels can be determined over a period of time and a history is very valuable to your physician because levels will rise with age.
Foods that may slow down Cancer
The foods listed below are all meant to be used in conjunction with your cancer treatment, and not as a sole means of helping to slow down cancer.
Research has shown that compounds found in garlic are toxic to malignant cells, which means they may kill cancerous cells the same way chemotherapy does.
Carotene found in fruits and vegetables seems not only to help prevent cancer, but to also help fight it and performs on cancerous cells in very much the same way that chemotherapy does.
Triterpenoids in liquorice may stifle quick growing cancer cells and cause some precancerous cells to return to normal growth.