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Saturday, May 16, 2015

7 Prostate cancer warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore

Prostate cancer warning signsIn this article I’m going to focus on 7 prostate cancer warning signs that you shouldn't ignore. According to the American Cancer Society, Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the US and fourth most cancer overall. The incident of prostate cancer rises with increasing age.  The exact causes of the prostate cancer is unknown and it’s noticeably very rare among young men. All the signs and symptoms are related to the size and growth of prostate tumor.

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1. Hesitancy

You may feel your bladder is full and may want to pass urine, but then you have to wait for a long time before the urine stream starts. The main reason for hesitancy is due to the enlargement of the prostate gland, usually it is because of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). And also due to the pressing of urethra by the prostate tumor.  If you are having hesitancy of urination, this may be a prostate cancer sign and it’s advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible.

2. Frequency

You may experience increased urination than usual. Especially during night time you may wake up due to the feeling of bladder fullness. Medically it is defined as nocturia. Normally, you should be able to sleep six to eight hours without having to wake up to go to washroom. Usually, people who are having nocturia wake up more than once. Frequency of urination can be assumed as a prostate cancer warning sign. But frequency of urination is also a sign of urinary tract infection.

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3.Poor Stream

Poor urine stream is another prostate cancer warning sign that you should not ignore. Poor urine stream means, urine comes out more slowly and with a less force than usual. Poor stream may be due to the pressing of urethra by the enlarged prostate.

4. Urgency

The desire to pass urine is regularly more than it used to be. This is due to sudden involuntary contraction of the muscular wall of the bladder. Urgency to pass urine can be considered as prostate cancer warning sign. However, the urgency may also be due to some other urological problem. It is always advisable to see a doctor to rule out the exact cause of urgency.

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5. Dribbling

When you have finished passing urine, the urine continues to dribble out or drip out. Some people call it as male version of urinary incontinence. Usually, men refuse to talk about that, but it can be a prostate cancer waning sign or either urological urgency. You need to see the doctor as soon as possible.

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6. Blood in the Urine

Urine may contain red blood or may be smoked color. The tumor in the prostate bleeds and the blood is found in urine. This sign is usually seen in the late stage of cancer but urine in the blood can be identified by doing a simple laboratory test. Medically it is called hematuria. Hematuria is also usually related with many other urological conditions. If you can observe smoked, cloudy urine or pinkish colour in the urine, you should see the doctor to rule out whether it is prostate cancer warning sign or other urological abnormal conditions like UTIs.

7. Pain in the lower abdomen or Pelvic region

Unexplained pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen or pelvic region without any particular reason is also a prostate cancer warning sign that you should pay attention and see the doctor. The pain may be due to the extension or spread of tumor to the lower back, hip and pelvis.

These signs and symptoms can be seen at late stage of prostate cancer. Since it has no symptoms at all in the early stage, it is difficult to diagnose.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tomato-rich diet helps to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer

Tomato-rich diet helps to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer
Various studies have proven that certain types of food can alter the activities of cancer cells in the body. Foods like tomato, grapes, and berries help to fight against cancer and reduce the risk of developing cancer. A recent study has found that tomato-rich diet helps to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford University have found that men who consume tomato and its products have less chance of developing prostate cancer compare to men who consume less amount of tomato. Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men worldwide. According to researchers, tomato and its products were shown to be significantly beneficial with 18% reduction in risk found in men who eat 10 potion a week.  

Reduction in risk of developing prostate cancer is thought to be due to lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant which fight off toxins and other chemical substances which can damage cell membrane and DNA.

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Along with tomato, consumption of other type of fruits, vegetables and foods rich in fiber are important for prostate cancer prevention and also it reduces the risk of developing lung cancer and gastric cancer

Monday, August 4, 2014

Prostate cancer: The most common cancer among American men

image of prostate cancerProstate cancer is considered as the most common form of cancer in men and second most leading cancer death. Usually prostate cancer affects to elderly people ages between 60 to 80 years and it accounts nearly 75% of the prostate cancer cases.

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Prostate cancer causes

Like other form of cancers, the exact causes of prostate cancer is unknown and according to research age, race, geography, hormonal level, and environmental influences play major role in causing prostate cancer.

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Prostate cancer signs and Symptoms

  • Urine outflow obstruction
  • Renal failure due to urine outflow obstruction
  • Palpable nodule in benign gland
  • On rectal examination hard irregular prostate may be found
  • Edema on ankle and leg

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Prostate cancer metastasis

  • Direct spreading: Bladder and surrounding tissues
  • Lymphatic: paraaortic and pelvic lymph nodes
  • Hematogenous spread: spread to lungs and liver and bones.

Prostate cancer investigations

  • Acid phosphatase: Increased level of prostatic acid phosphate
  • Prostate specific antigen: will be increased above normal level 4ng/ml

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