The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transport the sperm. Prostate cancer begins when there is a mutation in an abnormal cell’s DNA, this causes abnormal cells to start to outgrow normal cells, these abnormal cells then form a tumor and can begin to invade other areas of normal tissue.
While this cancer may present with very few if any symptoms in its early stages if you are over the age of 50, it is best to talk to your Doctor about a PSA test. This test measures the protein that is produced by the prostate gland, an elevation in your PSA levels may indicate a higher suspicion of prostate cancer. While most men recount having no indication that there was a problem with their prostate before their diagnosis of cancer if you have experienced any the symptoms below you should check with your Doctor, they include but are not limited to:
While Doctors do not know what causes this cancer, they have been able to identify some risk factors in the lifestyles of the men who are diagnosed with this disease.
While Cancer is a big word that strikes fear in most, it does not have to have the last word. Make an appointment to see your Doctor, talk about your concerns, discuss your risk factors, and then make changes in your lifestyle; such as start exercising, stop smoking, and get rid of the high-fat diet. Not only will you feel better, but this change can increase your chances of getting a clean bill of health.