Prostate Cancer

Prostatic Carcinoma

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There are about 220,800 new cases every year. It is estimated that 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer in their life (What Are the Key Statistics about Prostate Cancer?). This cancer was first found in 1853, and it is now one of the most common and deadly cancers in men. In fact, 1 in 38 men who get prostate cancer die from it. It normally appears in men age 65 or older, and it has been shown that blacks are more likely to get it than whites (What Are the Key Statistics about Prostate Cancer?). There are no symptoms in the early stages, but in advanced ones, symptoms include: trouble urinating, decreased force in the stream of urine, blood in the semen, discomfort in the pelvic area, bone pain, and erectile dysfunction (Prostate Cancer), (How Many Men Get Prostate Cancer?). This cancer is caused by a mutation in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes and chromosome 17 (BRCA 1 Gene). There are 5 stages to prostate cancer, all based on the appearance. Stage 1 is almost normal, Stage 2 is larger and has more tissue, Stage 3 is darker and some cells are leaving to invade other areas, Stage 4 is where few glands are recognizable, and Stage 5 is unrecognizable glands (Prostate Cancer Stages).

Treatments

There are multiple ways to treat this cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the main ways that this cancer is treated. Chemotherapy involves slowing down and/or stopping the growth of cancer cells. However, this treatment targets cells that divide quicker than normal, and there are cells in our mouth and hair that divide quickly. So, the chemo drugs end up targeting those cells too (Chemotherapy Uses, Side Effects, Types, How It's Given, and More). Another method is radiation therapy. Too much radiation can lead to some very bad side effects, but doctors have limits on how much they can expose certain body parts to. Also, this treatment only targets one specific area, the area with cancer, instead of the whole body (What Is Radiation Therapy? When Is It Used?). Now, radiation therapy can cost a lot of money because of all the expensive materials, but Medicare Part B can cover most of it. Plus, most men do not die from this disease. Around 2.9 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today (What Are the Key Statistics about Prostate Cancer?).
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Research and Support Groups

There are many organizations researching this cancer right now. Unfortunately, that research has not yielded much. Scientists are researching gene mutations linked to prostate cancer, but they do not know what fully causes it. Organizations that are raising money for prostate cancer research are: US Too International, Prostate Health Education Network, and The Prostate Cancer Research Institute. Support groups are: My Bridge 4 Life, YANA, and Prostate pointers. US Too International is probably the biggest and most trustworthy charity out of all of the other ones (Major US-based Prostate Cancer Web Sites and Organizations).
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Why You Should Donate

Prostate cancer is one of the most deadly cancers in the world among men. Almost 28,000 men die from prostate cancer every year. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is one of, if not the, most serious disease among men, and it needs to be stopped. The more money donated to the cause, less men will die from this disease (What Are the Key Statistics about Prostate Cancer?).

Living with it

While there are no proven ways to get rid or decrease the risk of prostate cancer, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and talking to your doctor are some methods used. It was also shown that aspirin helped take down the risk of prostate cancer by about 10%.

Reflection Questions

1. Where is the prostate located?

2. What are the odds of a man getting prostate cancer?

3. What are the two main types of treatment for prostate cancer?

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