Prostate cancer: Here's what you should know about the most common cancer in men

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Prostate cancer most common cancer in men
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Prostate cancer most common cancer in men

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As reported by NPR, prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. This cancer is actually easily curable provided it is reported early.But unfortunately, it goes unreported for a variety of reasons.

Prevalence of prostate cancer

As per Mayo Clinic, prostate cancers develops slowly and is confined to the prostate gland. There is still a lot of confusion around this condition because in fact, not all prostate cancer is harmful.

There are some types of prostate cancer that grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment. But there are also other types of prostate cancers that are aggressive, can spread quickly, and cause grave harm.

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Men who are above 50-years-old are more at risk of developing prostate cancer  Craig Dennis

NPR interviewed urologist Ben Davies, who explains that 'smart screening' is an effective and easy way to check for prostate cancer. This involves checks with blood test called PSA and MRI of the prostate.

Two main ways of treating prostate cancer are: radiation therapy or surgical removal. Both the two methods are very good and relatively equal in terms of outcomes.

Symptoms of prostate cancer

As per Mayo Clinic, serious or aggressive prostate cancer could display symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the semen
  • Bone pain
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Erectile dysfunction

As per the report, there are certain demographic and genetic factors that could increase your risk of having prostate cancer. These are:

  • Age: Older men who are above 50-years-old are more at risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Race: For reasons not yet determined, black people have a greater risk of prostate cancer compared to other races.
  • Family: If someone in your family suffered from prostate cancer, you are more at risk of developing it.
  • Obesity: People who are obese are also found to be more at risk of having prostate cancer.

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Sources used:

Mayo Clinic: ' Prostate cancer'

NPR: ' Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. Here's what to know'

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