Is it really possible to prevent-prostate-cancer? Who really knows for sure but many feel that on one level you can prevent-prostate-cancer with nutrition and exercise. My personal belief is that prostate cancer can be prevented or at least made less onerous and survivable. A more serious advanced stage of the disease can be prevented by annual screening.
There is currently some controversy on whether or not men should be screened for prostate cancer. I believe that annual screening is essential because most men with the disease have no obvious symptoms. If you wait until there are symptoms the disease is much more difficult to treat. Please don’t be talked out of annual screening. Prostate cancer is a serious and potentially deadly disease.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men age 50 should discuss screening with their physician. Men at a higher risk should begin these discussions at age 40. Being over the age of 65, African-American race, and/or a family history all increase the prospect of being diagnosed with the disease. A recent study indicates that PSA testing prevents an estimated 17,000 cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States each year.
Most men will not experience any symptoms if prostate cancer is detected at its earliest stage. Some men, however, will experience symptoms that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer, including:
These symptoms can also indicate signal the presence of other diseases. Men who experience any of these symptoms should see their doctor to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms, which could be either Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatitis.
Although these conditions can cause similar symptoms to those of prostate cancer, there is no evidence that having BPH or Prostatitis increases the risk for developing prostate cancer.
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