In India, there are 25,696 new cases in the year 2019, which is much higher than last year and still growing in geometric progression. It is projected to be doubled by 2020. The number of deaths occurring through the same is 17,184. As much is the incidence, the 5 years prevalence of the disease is 47,558. It is the 4th most commonly diagnosed tumor worldwide. This means both mortality and morbidity.
The only copper lining is that no regional or ethnic difference in Indians is reported as yet.
So if you are an Indian man at your 40s, you do want to know about Prostate Cancer.
The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and mobilizes sperm. When cancer happens in the prostate gland, it may present as slow-growing and confined, which may not require medical assistance, or it may grow severely and move to close by organs.
Neither can one differentiate between fast and slow-growing tumors, nor can you predict the prognosis in terms of how severe it may transform. It can remain harmless all through without causing any trouble or it may grow fierce and spread to nearby organs.
The chances of the total cure of prostate cancer are much higher in cases where it is confined and small. This prognosis can only happen if it is detected at an early stage. Early detection can only come about through screening.
Screening is a method through which we can detect a disease way before actual physical symptoms start to appear. These methods are mostly less expensive as are supposed to be practiced preventively by masses as an intervention to reduce the numbers we just read a paragraph above.
Prostate Cancer screening consists of 2 major procedures:
Like other cancers, the cause is unknown, so you cannot work there. What you can do is practice a healthier lifestyle and exclude risk factors. Start with:
With the technological advancement in healthcare, nearly 100% of men diagnosed at an early stage will be disease-free after five years.
As early as it detected, Prostrate Cancer management may not require surgery and be addressed by chemo and radiotherapy. Both of these are extremely targeted to pinpoint precision reducing pain and suffering all through treatment sessions.
Just age doesn’t keep you in a high-risk category, there are other factors too. Sometimes screening may slip certain facts which may be of vital importance. Similarly in screening something may be detected which otherwise was harmless. Neither can screening be differentiated between fast-growing fatal tumors or slow-growing harmless tumors. On top of everything, the side effects of the treatment are too much interfering with a patient’s quality of life.
It is confirmed by:
Not in earlier stages. During a later stage, it may or may not affect your sexual ability. This outcome varies from case to case.
I am certain that the above write-up must have added bits to your familiarity with Prostate Cancer. Stay aware, stay protected!