While breast cancer is becoming an ugly truth in women, prostate cancer seems to be manifesting in men more than ever. You are safe from having this kind of cancer if you are a woman but one of your near and dear men might fall in its clutches. According to the statistics given by urologist in Punjab, cancer usually hits men after attaining the age of 65. However, the pattern seems to be changing and one can see younger men falling into the clutches of the disease as well. So ladies take care of your men and look out for the details regarding prostate cancer treatment given below:-
It is not always symptomatic disease.
The disease may cause trouble in the later years but it doesn’t cause much discomfort in the early years. Therefore it becomes difficult to catch the diseases in its primitive stages. It might not show any symptoms in the beginning but it might lead to a host of problems like burning, urinary urgency, erection problems, increased urinary frequency, blood in urine, and local and remote pain, etc. According to an urologist, it is best to lead a lifestyle which helps in the prevention of this condition. One should go in for regular check-ups so that any problem can be detected early on.
Screening is the word
Yes, fix up screening sessions with your doctor. All men above 40 should have regular check-ups; especially if there have been other cases in the family. PSA detection (prostate-specific antigen) should be carried out routinely. It will help in detecting the chances of prostate cancer as high levels of PSA might be due to the condition. However, high PSA levels don’t always mean that the patient has prostate cancer. PSA may increase due to inflammation, trauma, infection, and senile processes (aging). If the man is above 40, he should take no chances with getting his PSA levels checked regularly. MRI of the prostate might is also recommended.
Detecting prostate cancer
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test which is non-invasive and quite competent in detecting the presence of cancer in the prostate area. It is better at detecting the presence of the condition than a biopsy. So, no reason to ditch it as a screening process.
Treatment? May not be necessary for every prostate cancer patient
According to a recent study, not all cancers of the prostate fall in the high-risk category. So the gentleman in your life might just be lucky that he doesn’t have to go through the aggressive treatment methods which result in severe side effects. Such cases may require only active surveillance which means regular check-ups and close monitoring by a healthcare professional.