In Sickness and In Health: Recognizing and Treating Prostate Cancer

In Sickness and In Health

Prostate cancer is widely known as a disease of aging men.

It increases after 50 yrs of age.

It is the #1 non-skin cancer in men and the #2 cancer killer.

One in seven men will be diagnosed.

Over 70% of those over 80 years old will have malignant cells in their prostate.

The incidence to death ratio is 8:1. 

Common symptoms of prostate cancer include:
•             Difficulty starting urination.
•             Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
•             Frequent urination, especially at night.
•             Difficulty emptying the bladder completely.
•             Pain or burning during urination.
•             Blood in the urine or semen.
•             Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.
•             Painful ejaculation.

Prostate cancer is detected with a combination of prostate blood test, digital rectal exam, an ultrasound of prostate, and prostate biopsy.

It is treated with surveillance, prostate removal, hormone deprivation, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Dr. Robin Matsukawa, an internist with Adventist Health Castle, spoke with John Veneri about the benefits of early detection.

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