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What Percent Of Men Get Prostate Cancer
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
Is it recommended to get a precautionary prostatectomy for men with family history of prostate cancer?
You can treat it!:
It depends on what kind of treatment you received - surgery, radiation and/or hormonal therapy. Some degree of ed occurs right after prostatectomy. If the nerve-sparing technique is used, recovery from ed may occur within the first year post surgery.
Treatment options for ed post prostate therapy include:
-intracavernous injection therapy
-vacuum assisted device
-penile implant. ...Read more
Does 25 years old man can get prostate cancer? And if prostate is removed then a man become father. Means fertile?
What to do if I'm a 58 year old man with prostate cancer, I'm undergoing radiation treatment and lupron (leuprolide), I get hot flashe?
Side effect: The most common side effect of Lupron (leuprolide) is hot flashes. Unfortunately there is not much to do about it. The good news is that Lupron (leuprolide) is stopping your prostate cancer from being active. Lupron (leuprolide) in addition to radiation has been shown to work better than radiation alone for some patients with prostate cancer. ...Read more
Prostate cancer: My recommendation is to start at age 50; if you are a healthy and have >10 year life expectancy; if family history of pca start screening at 40. ...Read more
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
Xtandi and Zytiga (abiraterone acetate): There are 2 new anti androgens available Xtandi and Zytiga (abiraterone acetate). Xtandi works at 3 places as testosterone enters cancer cells. Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) needs to be taken with Prednisone to prevent side effects. Both work well and usually help for 1-2 years and have been shown to delay the need for chemotherapy. ...Read more
What to do if I have read that HPV can cause about 30 kinds of cancers. Can it be a procuring cause of prostate cancer in men?
Not that we know of: I have had a great amount of research experience in prostate cancer and HPV. Prostate cancer actually happens to be one of the few cancers that we have a well defined causative timeline. Almost all cases are due to hormonal (testosterone) inducement. This is why treatment (may) entails testosterone suppression. Anyone claiming a role for HPV doesn't have consensus backing and should be doubted. ...Read more
I've been waking up 2-3 times a night to urinate, prostate cancer has affected men in my family as they age but I'm only 24 what could this be?
Many possibilities.: Need to be evaluated by your md/urologist. Can be anything from kidney problems, prostatitis/enlarged prostate, due to many and varied causes, as well as excessive fluid intake prior to going to bed. The list goes on to include bladder problems as well as endocrine abnormalities, etc., etc., etc. ...Read more
With colon and prostate cancer being on the rise in men, what are ways to combat and prevent this?
Wrong statement: Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality for both men and women has been going down since the 80's, partly due to screening colonoscopies that detect and remove polyps before they get to become cancer. Prostate is a more complex issue because we are learning to discern which ones need treatment and which don't. That said, neither its incidence nor its mortality are rising. ...Read more
Years ago, a scientific paper suggested that flaxseed or flaxseed oil should not be consumed by men at risk for prostate cancer. What is recommended?
Why is prostate cancer screening so controversial? Its relatively common in older men, so shouldn't older men be checked before it can spread and kill?
Screening is hard: Prostate cancer screening is actually difficult, currently we don't have a really good test that reliably tells us if a man has prostate cancer. The PSA (prostate specific antigen) test used for cancer can go up and down and not always be due to prostate cancer. When we do prostate checks by digital rectal exam that can cause the PSA to go up. Many men have prostate enlargement and not cancer. ...Read more
Hey Doc, do us men need to masturbate in order to prevent prostate cancer or prostatitis? What happens if we choose not to masturbate at all? Thanks
Your choice: Very few young men are able to go without having an ejaculation at least every few days, by whatever means. You need to be able to sit still, focus on work and learning, and get to sleep at night. There is no "controlled study", but there's some evidence that "heroic abstinence" puts you at greater risk for prostate hyperplasia ("hypertrophy") and prostatitis. ...Read more
While doing medical research, I read that some pills/injections fully stop sperm production in men. Are those prostate cancer & hormone replacement meds or are there others? Thanks.
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