It’s no secret that men need to pay more attention totheir bodies. Several things work against them. They tendto smoke and drink more than women, they don
t seek medical help as often and some men de
ne themselvesby their work, which can add to stress. In addition, thereare health conditions that only a
ect men, such asprostate cancer.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut thatis located just below a man
s bladder and in front of the rectum. It begins to develop before birth and keeps ongrowing until a man reaches adulthood. Male hormonescalled androgens cause this growth. The tube that carriesurine runs through the prostate, which also contains thecells that make some of the
uid (semen) that protects andnourishes the sperm.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate glandgrow out of control. Most prostate cancers are slow-
Statistics indicate that one out of six men will get prostate cancer duringtheir lifetimes. Despite it being a leading cancer in men, most of us are stillunfamiliar with this highly treatable disease.
growing, but there are cases of aggressive prostatecancers in which cancer cells spread from the prostateto other parts of the body, particularly the bones andlymph nodes.
The risk of prostate cancer is higher in men over50 and two thirds of cases are diagnosed in men over 65.
Having an immediate family memberwho has su
ered from prostate cancer more thandoubles your risk of eventually contracting it. With twoor more close relatives who have had the disease, therisk is eight times greater.
Research suggests high dietary fat may be acontributing factor for prostate cancer. The disease ismuch more common in countries where meat and dairyproducts are dietary staples compared to countrieswhere the basic diet consists of rice, soybean productsand vegetables.
By Zeina Sahyoun, MedLabs Laboratories
What You Need To Know
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