Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.
Prostate cancer is a disease in which the cells of the prostate become abnormal.They start to grow uncontrollably, forming tumors. A tumor is a mass or lump of tissue made of abnormal cells. Tumors may be malignant or benign. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors cannot spread to other parts of the body.
Prostate cancer falls into the category of a "silent killer" form of cancer, as this form of the disease rarely shows itself till it has spread out with the area of the gland. Once it has done it is much more difficult to treat, and can prove fatal.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer :-
(1) Weak or interrupted flow of urine
(2) Frequent urination, especially at night
(3) Difficulty in starting to urinate
(4) Inability to urinate
(5) Pain or burning sensation during urination
(6) Blood in the urine
(7) Continuous pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs
(8) Painful ejaculation
Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer :-
(1) Smoking:- Smoking puts all people at a greater risk for developing all kinds of cancer.
(2) Age:- Men over the age of 50 are more likely to develop the disease than younger men.
(3) Family History:- If there is a history of prostate cancer in the family, the risk increases.
(4) Diet:- A diet high in animal fat is thought to increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
(5) insufficient amounts of vitamin D in the diet ; a sedentary lifestyle.
(6) Genetic :-
Prostate problems also tend to run in some families which could suggest part of the cause of some prostate cancers is genetic or hereditary. If your father or brother has prostate cancer your chance of developing it is about double that of the general population. However only a small number of all prostate cancers are caused by a known faulty gene and most occur at random.
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