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National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Signs, Risks, and Treatments

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. It begins in the prostate gland where abnormal cells develop and, if not detected early, can spread to other organs. Prostate cancer that is found in the early stages may require little to no treatment, however, some types of prostate cancer are aggressive and spread quickly to other organs which will require more intensive treatment. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, LA Medical would like to provide you with symptoms, risk factors, and common treatments. We have many options of incontinence for anyone in need.

Signs & Symptoms

The best way to detect prostate cancer early and prevent the spreading of it is to be aware of signs and symptoms. Common symptoms include: trouble urinating, decreased force in urine, blood in urine or semen, pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs, bone pain, erectile dysfunction.  Contact your doctor if you experience any of these or want to learn more.

Risk Factors

Certain genetics and lifestyles may increase the chances of prostate cancer developing. Men after the age of 65 are at greater risk and should be extra cautious of any warning signs that appear. African American men have an increased chance of developing advanced and aggressive prostate cancer. Family history of breast or prostate cancer in a family increases the chances of it. Obesity makes treatment more difficult and can affect how aggressive the cancer is.

Treatments

The severity of treatment depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is. Radiation may be used outside or inside the body to kill cancer cells. Medication can be taken to stop the production of testosterone or block the cancer from spreading. Surgical removal of the testicles may be performed to reduce the level of testosterone in the body as well. If the cancer has spread and a patient is not responsive to medications, chemotherapy may be used. It can be administered through a vein or in pill form. There are other treatment forms and all are specific to the patient’s needs.

LA Medical encourages you to watch for the warning signs of prostate cancer to detect it as early as possible. Visit your doctor if you have any further questions or concerns and contact LA Medical for health and safety supplies!