Diseases are presently rampant nowadays. A number of these diseases can be cured but unfortunately, even with our modern technology and magnificent brains for scientists, there are some diseases that are still incurable. Some of these diseases are Ebola, Polio, Lupus, Influenza, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and some Cancers.
One specific disease that has been getting much attention these days is Prostate Cancer. We surely have heard about it and have a vague understanding of what Prostate Cancer is all about. But what exactly is prostate cancer? Who are prone to this disease? How does it affect us? What are the symptoms and signs? Could it be cured? What tests are available for this kind of disease? What you are about to read Prostate Protocol aims to attend to these questions.
The Prostate Gland
From the name itself, we could determine that this cancer attacks the prostate gland. The prostate gland is an organ which is located at the base of the urinary bladder and surrounds the first part of the urethra. The urethra serves as the passageway of urine when it drains from the bladder to exit through the penis.
The prostate gland has many functions. One of which is to help control urination. How? It presses directly against the part of the urethra that it surrounds which then helps in urination. Another function of the prostate gland is to produce the substances that are found in semen such as minerals and sugar. As people age, the prostate gland also increases in size, which would then may cause some problems such as difficulty in urinating especially at night.
Now that we know what the prostate gland is, we are now ready to dig deeper into prostate cancer. Let us first define what prostate cancer is. Prostate cancer is defined as a malignant tumor that is made up of cells from the prostate gland. The tumor slowly grows in the gland for many years. During this period, the tumor does not show any visible symptoms or abnormalities. Because of this, a person would not readily know if he has prostate cancer or not. Like any other disease, cases of prostate cancer vary.
It is actually lucky for some to have this disease to spread slowly. Why? This is because there are cases where prostate cancer behaves differently and prefers to spread rapidly instead. When prostate cancer spreads rapidly, it may cause a significant change in the span of life of those people who have acquired the disease. Then, worse news keep on coming to people who have this disease. One of which is that when the cancer advances, it could spread to the surrounding areas and tissues and could even spread to other parts of the body such as the other organs. A situation that we wouldn’t want to happen to us or to anyone we love. Think of a car that encountered an accident and had most of its parts affected. The used to be flashy and speedy car may now be considered a useless, pain in the butt wreck. That’s how the body will be, if the cancer spreads all over the body.
Men and Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is actually common to men. Asian and Native American males have low rates of prostate cancer while African Americans have the highest risk. Though there are men who have low rates or risks, this should not be used as an excuse to the tests and corresponding steps that should be taken in order to prevent prostate cancer. As what we have observed from other diseases, there should always be room for chance and doubt. That is why many experts recommend that when a man reaches the age of forty, he should make give time to an annual appointment with the doctor to be screened for prostate cancer.