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A 39-year-old member asked:

is prostate cancer caused by overuse of the gland?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
No: Prostate cancer is not related to sexual activity, ejaculation, or masturbation. It is related to other factors such as family history.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Agree - prostate activity is not related to developing prostate cancer. In addition to family history, the main risk factor, after age and male gender, is related to race and ethnicity. Africva-American men are a at higher risk while Asian descent may be at lower risk, compared to Caucasians. Diet, obesity, and smoking may have a role but this is less well defined.
Jul 24, 2012
Dr. Richard Sarle
Urology 22 years experience
No: Some studies show more ejaculation is protective.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Biopsy: Once a consideratoin is made for a diagnosis of prostate cancer, the next step is a prostate biopsy. This is an office procedure. This includes placement of a rectal ultrasound probe to visualize the prostate. A number of biopsies are taken and then examined under the microscope to determine if malignant cells are present.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk of developing prostate cancer?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Family history: Risk factors for prostate cancer include a family history of prostate cancer, especially your father. In addition african american males tend to have a higher incidence of prostate cancer as well. A recent study has shown a slight increase in prostate cancer in patients who take vitamin E supplements. Prostate cancer has not been linked to food products.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is prostate cancer treated?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Surgery/Radiation: The 2 main forms of treatment for prostate cancer include radical surgery or radiation therapy. Another less common form of treatment is cryotherapy, which is freezing of the prostate.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Treatment for prostate cancer by stage.

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Quite a few: Early stage (cancer within prostate): robotic or open surgery, standard radiation; radiation seeds; cryosurgery. For cancer with local spread to nodes typically radiation and hormonal therapy is used. For recurring cancer or for spread to far organs; a sequence of therapies is used. Initially, a series of 3-4 hormonal drugs one by one, then immune therapy (provenge) and then chemotherapy.
A 20-year-old member asked:

What kinds of treatments for prostate cancer are being developed?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Quite a few: Cryosurgery (freezing cancer in the prostate) is being evaluated more extensively. For advanced cancer, newer immune therapies ( such as ipilumimab); newer targeting drugs as well as newer hormone blocking drugs are in development. Look up cancer.Gov for new prostate cancer clinical trials.

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