It is little known fact that prostate cancer in men is just as big a killer as breast cancer in women. Likely because of this reason, prostate cancer isn’t talked about in the same way with a poor level of awareness which is possibly leading many to ignore the symptoms they should be aware of.
Through the course of this article we will provide an overview of the likely symptoms experienced by a sufferer of prostate cancer as well as the treatment available. In addition, we will touch upon some of the well-known risk factors.
What is Prostate Cancer?
As the name suggests, this form of cancer originates in the prostate gland which can be found in the region between the testicles and the anus. Over the course of a man’s lifetime, this gland will usually enlarge with age, with rapid signs of growth possibly pointing to the presence of a cancerous growth.
Unfortunately, the early symptoms of prostate cancer sometimes go hand in hand with an enlarged prostate which isn’t necessarily cancerous. Some of these symptoms include:
- Difficulty in urinating due to the prostate obstructing the urethra and bladder.
- Urinary tract infections caused by urine retention and the inability to drain the bladder completely.
- Considerable plain when passing urine.
- The urge to urinate accompanied by the inability to do so.
If you notice the presence of any of these symptoms, further consultation should be sought immediately.
Both an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer typically affect older men above the age of 50. This isn’t to say that younger men aren’t susceptible to prostate issues, they are just much rarer the younger you are.
For that reason, the older you become, the more frequently you should go for routine check-ups to ensure that your prostate is healthy. Other risk factors include the presence of cancer in your family history.
Typical Forms of Treatment
Treatment will depend upon several factors including your age as well as the level of the cancer diagnosis. It is rare for example, for a younger man to undergo invasive treatment to the prostate as it can compromise sexual function.
Possible treatment includes:
- Surgery to reduce the size of the prostate in order to remove cancerous cells.
- A treatment of drugs to lower the patient’s hormone levels which can negatively affect the prostate gland.
- A course of chemotherapy to kill the cancerous cells present within the prostate.
- In some cases, a wait and see approach is taken where a definitive diagnosis hasn’t yet been made.
Seeking a Consultation
If you fall into the age category which is most at risk, it’s a good idea to get checked regularly. Prostate cancer in Singapore is one of the most common forms of cancer diagnosis with many men dying each year. To ensure that you have the best chances of survival, we suggest seeking a consultation with your doctor as soon as possible so that they can refer you to a specialist.
As with all forms of cancer, early detection and diagnosis is key.