What is Prostate Cancer? When to seek medical care?

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 10th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Cancer is one of the big deadly diseases of the modern world. As we know, cancer can be any type of malignant growth or tumour, caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.

A malignant tumor (growth) that grows from the cells of the prostate gland is known as prostate cancer.

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is specific to males as breast cancer is for females. A malignant tumor (growth) that grows from the cells of the prostate gland is known as prostate cancer.

In males, the prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It is located immediately in front of the rectum. It is a firm partly muscular chestnut sized gland in males at the neck of the urethra; produces a viscid secretion that is the fluid part of semen.

In medical jargon, malignancy means the condition of the living tissue whose growth is uncontrollably progressive and resistant to treatment and tending to cause death. All types of cancers are life-threatening diseases. Prostate cancer is also one of such diseases and according to the American Cancer Society, it is the most common malignancy in American men.

As aforesaid, prostate cancer is a malignant tumor (growth) that grows from the cells of the prostate gland. The growth of such tumor is generally very slow and can remain confined to the gland for so many years. During its slow growth, even on physical examination, the tumor may or may not show up any symptoms of inconvenience.

If prostate cancer is limited to the prostate itself, the majority of patients may live for many years without much problems. If recognized in its early stage, prostate cancer can be effectively treated and cured.

However, all prostate cancers are not same. Some very fast-growing types of prostate cancer can spread more quickly than others and such aggressive type of malignancy can result in shortening of life expectancy in men affected by them.

In advanced stages, it can spread into the surrounding tissues beyond the prostate gland. If not treated, the cancer also can rapidly spread even farther (metastasize) into other areas of the body, such as the liver, bones and lungs.

When to seek medical care?

The diagnosis of prostate cancer is made when cancerous prostatic cells are identified in the biopsy tissue under a microscope.

In some men, prostate cancer is life threatening, while in many others, it can exist for many years without causing health problems.

Prostate cancer may develop in men over the age of fifty. Although it is one of the most prevalent types of cancer in men, most of them may not have any symptoms.

See your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

    =>Difficulty in urination

    =>Frequent urination

    =>Pain on urination/ejaculation

    =>Decreased speed of urine flow

    =>Urine stream that stops and starts

    =>Not urinating or urinating very little despite drinking enough fluid;

    =>Pain due to a full bladder

    =>Sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder even after passing urine

    =>Urinary tract infection

    =>Acute kidney failure

    =>Deep bone pain, especially in the back, hips, or thighs, or bone fracture (This is a possible sign of advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones)

    =>Spinal cord compression is a true emergency and may be the first sign of cancer.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark, for the quickest moderation of this page.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Very great information here on prostate cancer. Something all men should learn about. Will add to facebook and google +

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author avatar Jules Castillo
10th Feb 2012 (#)

this is very important to us

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Very vital information well done my friend!

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent informative article Rathna, and something that all men should read and take on board and be aware of..

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Feb 2012 (#)

This is very well written and very informative, Rathna. Thanks.

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author avatar Floris56
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Ouch! My much older brother had to have surgery for prostrate and colon cancer. He survived them both. Thanks for this information. It pays to know about these things.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Rathnashikamani. My brother died from this illness. He just would not go to the doctor's office and tried to ignore symptoms, but a regular check-up is preferable to waiting for symptoms.

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author avatar Buzz
11th Feb 2012 (#)

A frustrating thought for men to get this prostate cancer. Great information, my friend, and congrats on the STAR!

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author avatar richardpeeej
11th Feb 2012 (#)

A well written article, full of valuable information and deserves its star. Thanks for giving us men an awareness of this....it could be a lifesaver

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Well, I have some symptoms too. I need to go for regular check-ups. Thanks for a much needed reminder, Rathna - siva

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
12th Feb 2012 (#)

This is very important information for me. Well done!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Feb 2012 (#)

So very in-depth. Good idea to add the videos. I'm from a medical background yet I learned new information from this article. Thanks.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2012 (#)

What a well written and smack dab fact based article, on prostate cancer. Great job! As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Bizning Vakil
26th Jun 2012 (#)

I only want to agree what other comment-posters have said about this informative article. Thank you. Though I wonder if you could write a follow-up or a second part article telling about what causes them. Would be greatly appreciated...

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author avatar n.c.radomes
7th Jun 2013 (#)

I find this piece interesting and informative because am a prostate patient myself. Kudos for a good deed done for using terms simple minded people can comprehend.

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author avatar bronnamdi
13th Jul 2013 (#)

Nice and timely information. Thanks Rathna.

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