What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It is a small conical gland at the base of the male bladder and surrounds the first plant of the urethra. The prostate actually contains other very small glands within it. If there is cell mutation within the smaller glands, the prostate will definitely be infected. Prostate cancer is classified as a glandular cancer, which starts when normal semen secreting prostate gland cells mutate into cancer cells. Cancerous cells from other organs can infect the prostate too and it can infect others, particularly the bones and the lymph nodes. Prostate cancer is mostly common with men over Fifty years.

As with other types of cancer, the cause of prostate cancer is not known although a number of risk factors are associated with it:  high levels of alcohol, drug consumption, low foliate intake, genetic factor.Prostate cancer is slow in growing and symptom free, until it has infected other parts of the body. Its symptoms include:  difficulty in urinating, frequent urination, increased urination, at night blood in the urine painful urination, painful ejaculation, difficulty achieving ejaculation, genetics, and diet factors. There are a number of ways that prostate cancer can be diagnosed: physical examination ,prostate specific antigen (PSA) test biopsy, CT scans, bone scans, cystoscopy (where a small flexible camera tube is inserted through the urethra.

Low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of prostate cancer. It is advisable to eat foods with high levels of vitamin D, B6, E (cruciferous vegetables) and soy foods. It has been noted that using anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen actually reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Nutrition and physical activity are important in keeping prostate cancer at bay. Frequent ejaculation, although debatable, is believed to lower the risk of prostate cancer.

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