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Understanding Prostate Cancer


The prostate is a small gland in the male pelvis, which is part of the reproductive system. Prostate located below the bladder in front of the rectum. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the canal that carries urine from the bladder to the penis.

Prostate helped produce fluids that nourish and protect the sperm. When ejaculation, prostate removing the fluid toward the urethra. Issued fluid will flow along with the sperm as semen.
Prostate Cancer
There prostate cancer is aggressive and can spread quickly. But in general, prostate cancer grows slowly and does not spread. According to WHO data, prostate cancer is the most common cancers in men finished second. It is estimated that about 1.1 million men worldwide are diagnosed with prostate cancer and there were 307,000 deaths in 2012.

Cases of prostate cancer, based on data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2012 in Indonesia, there are about 13,600 cases. With a mortality rate of up to 9,191 cases.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer may not cause any symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms of prostate cancer will appear when the prostate is too large or swollen and started to affect the urethra. Some of the signs and symptoms that appear when this happens is:
  • More frequent urination, especially at night
  • Feel pain when urinating
  • Feeling the bladder is always full
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Pressure decreases when passing urine
Typically, signs and symptoms of prostate cancer will appear when the cancer has spread outside of the prostate. But the above symptoms are not always caused by prostate cancer. The above conditions can be caused by a urinary tract infection. Up to now, the causes of prostate cancer is still unknown. But heredity or genetics and age a person can increase the risk of prostate cancer.

He g prognosis Prostate Cancer
There are many tests and examinations to determine the diagnosis of prostate cancer. The most common test to detect prostate cancer are:
  • Physical examination or digital rectal examination. This check is performed to check the size of the prostate gland.
  • Blood tests. This blood test is known as the PSA test (prostate-specific antigen or prostate specific antigen). But this test is not specific only to detect prostate cancer since PSA levels can also rise due to other conditions such as urinary tract infection or inflammation of the prostate.
  • Biopsy. Prostate tissue samples will be taken for laboratory analysis.
Prostate Cancer Treatment
The earlier prostate cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chance the patient to recover fully. But if the cancer is still in a very early stage and do not cause any symptoms, the patient can choose to beware alone. Treatment of prostate cancer is through surgical removal of the prostate and radiotherapy.

But if the cancer is detected when it has spread to the bone for example, then the cancer can not be cured. Treatment is done merely to prolong life and also relieve symptoms.

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