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who is at risk of developing prostate cancer?

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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.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Men as they age: No joke, risk #1 being male, risk#2 getting older. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, especially after age 50. More than 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older. And in the us, african american men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men. Additionally a family history of prostate cancer is also a risk. See this link: http://bit.Ly/lhig6p.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Agree. A woman with prostate cancer would be highly reportable. ;) An NIH study section once critiqued a grant application for prostate cancer for not including women!
Jun 12, 2012

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Treatment for prostate cancer by stage.

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Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

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What is the frequency the urinary symptoms of prostate diseases?

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Dr. George Klauber
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Varies with disease: Benign prostatic hypertrophy, bph, is associated w. Urinary frequency day & more at night + slowing down of force & caliber of stream. Symptoms increase as obstrruction from enlarging prostate increases. Ultimately urinary retenention can occur. In time all symptomatic. Early to moderate prostate cancer can be symptom free, few have blood. All patients w prostatitis are symptomatic w pain +/or uti.

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