Prostate cancer is affecting men all over the world especially from the black ethnic group and of the age of 50 years and above. The main cause of the disease has not been established but experts say they mostly affect black men because of the high levels of testosterone hormones in them. Prostate Cancer survival rates vary depending on a number of factors. One is the patient’s general health condition; if you are obese or have not been eating healthy and been drinking a lot of alcohol and smoking then your body system is not strong enough to sustain the disease. Prostate cancer awareness programs are growing in popularity as they stress the need for regular checkups because you will have a higher survival rates when it is diagnosed while still in the early stages of development.
Early Signs:prostate cancer is not easily noticed during the early stages and it is important that you attend medical routine checks frequently so that you may survive the cancer as statistics show that the survival rates is higher when the cancerous cells are discovered early. The signs mostly affect the urine flow of a man; they include frequent and painful urination, constant back and thigh pains, blood in the urine or semen and erectile dysfunction in some men. When you notice the signs, immediately visit the doctor who will do a physical examination to determine the size of the prostate gland. This gland is found in the men’s reproductive system and it is located below the bladder. It is responsible for the production of semen which is important in male fertility.
Prostate Cancer Survival Rates: This cancer has the highest survival rates when detected in the early stages. The doctor will detect the enlarged prostate by having a physical rectal examination or by undertaking a prostate specific antigen test on the patient. Treatment of the cancer will depend on a number of factors and the key one is the stage of the tumor. Tumor develops when the cells are mutated and if not taken care of early, it spreads out to other important body organs. During the first stage the tumor is very small and not easily detected unless by physical rectal examination. The second stage shows that the tumor has enlarged and at this point you will stage to experience the symptoms. At Stage three, the tumor has developed further and has affected the lymph nodes. The survival rate is calculated by the number of years you will live after diagnosis. Early stages has the highest survival rates of nearly 100 percent, when discovered during the first ten year then survival is 93 percent, in advance stages with metastasis the survival rate is very minimal of between one to three years.
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