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How Can I Tell If I Have A Prostate Cancer
Rectal exam and PSA.: Digital rectal exam and serum psa levels are what doctors usually use to determine the next steps in care. Rectal exam showing one or more hard, irregular nodules on the posterior surface on the prostate is considered positive. Serum psa over 4 ng/nl is also seen but it is nonspecific, and even values <4 can possibly be in cancer cases if rectal exam is positive. That's why biopsy is done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amoung men in the USA. About 225,000 men are diagnosed each year and about 25,000 men will die from prostate cancer each year; about 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer; but only 1 in 50 of those diagnosed will die of prostate cancer. The 5 year survival for localized prostate cancer 100%; so diagnosis does not equal death ! ...Read more
What truth?: I'm sure your question it's important, but you need to be a bit more specific regarding what you want to know. We only have 400 characters to answer each question. ...Read more
Variable: Prostate cancer is vanishly rare before 40 years of age. The symptoms are variable and usually there are none. There may be trouble urinating, blood in urine or the symptoms may be due to metastases, such as bone pain. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prostate-cancer/ds00043/dsection=symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Here are some ...: Generally speaking, a patient with a primary cancer of an organ has a higher odd to develop a second primary cancer in another organ, which largely reflects the total background of individual genetic factors and lifestyle over time. More? Ask Doc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown, but ...: Thus far, the best Rx for prostate cancer is still unknown, but reasonable for an individual after considering age, general health, findings of tissue microscopic exam, PSA change & progress, DRE, ... to balance medical necessity & professional possibilities. For details, to articles in http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html & http://formefirst.com/P-Ca-UpdateNews.html. ...Read more
You really can't: All normally-masculinized men are at risk. The talk about diet and vitamins is the result of a morass of contradictory epidemiologic studies and this says to me that we are only seeing noise. I remain skeptical about the value of routine psa's as a cost-effective way of saving lives. Get a digital rectal exam yearly and go on about your live. ...Read more
Several, but rare. : Most prostate cancers in this country are detected by psa screening, and have no initial signs or symptoms. Beyond this group, the first sign can be a nodule or lump felt on the prostate during a digital rectal exam (dre). More advanced cases present with symptoms, such a difficult urination, bone pain, and neurologic deficits, but his is much more rare in a contemporary screened population. ...Read more
Almost: Psa is a fairly sensitive market found in the blood for prostate cancer as well as infections of the prostate. All men over 50yo should have it routinely checked annually. There r normal ranges for each age group. If a psa is over 20 the chances of having prostate cancer are very high, however biopsy is the gold standard for making the diagnosis. U can still have prostate ca with lower psa also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I doubt you can: Other colleagues may disagree, but I do not believe 'pop' claims about meat or milk causing prostate cancer. With the biases and confounding variables, it's hard to do real science and this is why results are so variable. I do not believe that frequency of ejaculation impacts prostate cancer risk. Being made a eunuch before puberty does work. It's not worth it. ...Read more
Highly variable.: The behavior of prostate cancer varies widely. Many men with low risk, low grade prostate cancer will die of other causes and the cancer that they harbor will have no impact on their lives. If the prostate cancer is aggressive, it can spread outside the prostate, invading nearby organs such as the bladder or rectum, then spread to the bones. Symptoms can range from minimal to severe. ...Read more
Bad: This is about as aggressive as it gets. Please forgive my candor. These lesions can still be treated, often with good results. ...Read more
I was treated for prostate cancer in 2007.I had radition seeds implanted.How can I tell if been cured. I am i cured
PSA surveillance. : After treatment for prostate cancer, your psa is followed. It can be confusing since researchers use different definitions of cure, but essentially no rise in psa after treatment for 5-10 years is often considered "cure". Late recurrences can happen, so surveillance can continue beyond this time. But the good news is the further out you are without recurrence, the less of a threat the cancer is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more
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