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Is there a difference between prostate cancer and prostate cysts?

Is there a difference between prostate cancer and prostate cysts?

Yes: Big difference one is cancer one is a cyst -- which could be a cancer but usually not.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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My grandpa & great grandpa had aggressive prostate cancer & I have multiple genetic markers for it. I am 31. What tests should I have done 2 b safe?

My grandpa & great grandpa had aggressive prostate cancer & I have multiple genetic markers for it. I am 31. What tests should I have done 2 b safe?

Prostate cancer: I would get a psa test at age 40 given your family history if anybody in your family was diagnosed in there early 50s maybe age 35....But that may be overly aggressive.

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Can woman get prostate cancer?

Can woman get prostate cancer?

No: Lucky for us - that is one kind of cancer we can't get. Only men have prostates.

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How does one get prostate cancer?

How does one get prostate cancer?

We don't know: Prostate cancer is not a cancer that one just "gets". Its appears to be a multifactorial diease that is influenced by genetics but may also occur sporadically without any family history. There has been recent data to show that viyamin e may increase chances of getting cancer but there are no other specific links thus far.

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Can a man survive prostate cancer?

Can a man survive prostate cancer?

Yes: Most men with screen-detected prostate cancer will not die of their disease. Age at diagnosis is probably the most important factor in this prediction (ie, life expectancy). Some men with high grade prostate cancers may be diagnosed with advanced disease or may progress to advanced stages despite treatment. These men are at greatest risk of death, but fortunately represent a minority of cases.

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How do people treat prostate cancer?

How do people treat prostate cancer?

Mutiple options: Generally speaking, there are many ways to treat prostate cancer including surgery, radiation with xray beam, implants with seeds or high dose rate needles, cryosurgery (freezing). Hormones sometimes are used on top of the above treatment. The decision will depend on stage, aggressiveness of disease, patient condition and his choice.

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What does prostate cancer look like?

What does prostate cancer look like?

Cancer or tumor: Of the prostate typically is a slow growing nodule within the prostate. The gleason grade helps to stratify the tumors that are higher grade from lower grade slower growing tumors. Some cancers can be palpated on exam. Higher grade tumors may be more aggressive and may be less likely to form a mass. The psa test may be helpful in the appropriate clinical setting.

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What can you tell me about prostate cancer?

What can you tell me about prostate cancer?

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!

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What's done when testing for prostate cancer?

What's done when testing for prostate cancer?

Screening: Testing involves a rectal exam to assess prostate size and figuring out prostate symptoms/signs. After age 50, a psa test is typically done.

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Who is at risk of developing prostate cancer?

Who is at risk of developing prostate cancer?

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.

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What exactly does stages of prostate cancer mean?

What exactly does stages of prostate cancer mean?

Cancer progression: Staging prostate cancer (or any cancer) is a method to allow the physician and patient to help aid in the prognosis. This is a measure of the how far advanced the cancer has progressed such as into other organs or into bones. It also help aid in the treatment options since certain options of treatment are onloy available at certain stages.

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What does it mean to have stage 5 prostate cancer?

What does it mean to have stage 5 prostate cancer?

Prostate ca stages: When one looks at the stages of cancers, generally they are divided into stage i-iv. This is based on local extent of disease. This is also true for prostate cancer so that incidental disease is stage i, palpable diseases stage ii, locally advanced disease is stage iii, and metastatic disease is stage iv. Stage v is not a widely accepted or used prostate cancer stage.

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Can you still have kids if you have prostate cancer?

Can you still have kids if you have prostate cancer?

The cancer isn't: The issue, the treatment is. Some prostate cancer can be "watched and waited". Surgery removed the prostate and disconnects the vas deferens. Xrt methods will diminish semen volume, but there may still be viable sperm, so fertility may not be abolished. Hormones decrease libido. All treatment risks ed long term, surgery does it early may return.

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Does anyone know the first signs of prostate cancer?

It varies: Prostate cancer is often silent and is typically picked up on a screening blood test called psa. Sometimes patients have urinary symptoms which may include frequent urination or blood in the urine. Some patients have back or pelvic pain which may be indicative of more advanced cancer.

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What is it like to be diagnosed with prostate cancer?

What is it like to be diagnosed with prostate cancer?

Alarming: The diagnosis of any cancer is a life-shattering event. No word in any language is as emotionally laden as cancer. That said an overwhelming number of men with pc will never die from pc. The absolutes are high (240k new cases/30k deaths in 2012) but the vast majority will actually die from heart disease and stroke. Men must seek out docs with a comprehensive view of health to live well.

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Can you please list the common causes of prostate cancer?

Can you please list the common causes of prostate cancer?

None: There are no specific causes for prostate cancer. There is a link to family history but no other specific causes have been clearly identified.

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. Gary Sandler
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Prostate (Definition)

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