Cancer is one of most dreaded words that any home will want to wish away.
The name has a crumbling effect for even the strongest individual in a family. Cancer of any kind or form is something that anyone will avoid if they could.
There are various cancers that have overtaken people by surprise because they symptoms have been downplayed.
Prostate cancer is one of such cancers. (The prostate is a is a walnut shaped seminal fluid producing gland responsible for the nourishment and motility of sperm). This kind is found in men and develops in the prostate.
Though it is not very evident what the causative agents of prostate cancer are, it is believed and has been confirmed by doctors that the cancer develops because some cells become abnormal and whereas some die, the abnormal cells live on and split swiftly.
Though it cannot be said outright that there are foods that cause prostate cancer, there are foods that increase your risk of developing the disease.
Foods are rich in saturated oils and fats, dairy products including evaporated milk, over-processed foods, and meat all increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Due to its richness in choline found in their yolk eggs are very high-risk agents of prostate cancer. (In some cases people are advised to take out the yolk before consumption to avoid excess choline intake). Men who consume more than seven eggs a week are at a much greater risk than those who consume less. Age is the most prevalent risk factor in this cancer.
Symptoms of prostate cancer usually develop at a very slowly rate and without monitoring, it will be difficult to detect until it is a bit late.
Some of the initial signs of prostate cancer are that you will notice that you have the need to frequently urinate especially at night(some have mistaken this particular symptom as that of diabetes).
Other things you may notice is a burning sensation at ejaculation and urination accompanied by blood, difficulty when starting or cutting urine, pain in the back and pelvic area, and erectile dysfunction that occurs without warning. Sometimes these symptoms do not show at all.
Prostate cancer does not attack a certain class of men. All men are at risk, and, the older you get the higher the risk. You are at a greater risk when you have a family history of the the disease. Being male is the first reason for being careful as you age. Every man hitting middle age must make a conscious effort to take care of their prostate. In a lifetime one in nine men is likely to be diagnosed, and when managed adequately, only one percent of will die from the disease.
Prostate cancer just like all other cancers spreads to other parts of the body with time, however it progresses at a very slow rate. It take over ten years for it to spread from the prostate to other parts especially the bones. When it has spread to other parts of the body and the bones, you may experience constipation, stiffness and pain in the neck, numbness in your muscles and spinal cord.
Younger men between the ages of twenty and thirty in rare circumstances have been diagnosed of prostate cancer and usually in those instances the cancer attacks aggressively.
As you age whether you show signs of prostate cancer or not, you are advised to limit your intake of caffeine; and when you have the symptoms you must avoid caffeine entirely. One of the most important things to do instead is to be drinking lots of water which is very essential for the control and in the treatment of prostate cancer. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated (Some people tend to drink less water to avoid frequent urination which rather worsens the situation).
In preventing and fighting prostate cancer it will be helpful to consume more cruciferous vegetables because of their richness in glucosinolates, a sulfur rich compound which lowers inflammation. Cruciferous vegetables include, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, radish, cauliflower, arugula and sprout, to mention a few.
Exercising is recommended for men who have prostate issues. Swimming, brisk walking, jogging are all helpful exercises. It is also important to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles in order to have control over your urination by performing kegel exercises.
Developing prostate cancer is not a death sentence. It may be scary but there when it detected at in its early stages it is curable. It is advisable to consult a doctor when you show the symptom to enable you start treatment before it spreads.In late detection cases, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and other treatments are required. Routine screening is also recommended as you age especially if you have a family history of the cancer.