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Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate PatientProstate cancer is a type of cancer that affects the prostate gland. This only affects men and it most often hits when they're an older age, typically around 60. The cancer may start earlier around the age of 50, but the symptoms don't present until later. Cells in the gland mutate and multiply frequently until the prostate no longer has room for the cells. When this occurs, the cancer cells move to other areas. Men who have prostate cancer often complain about pain when they attempt to urinate and pain associated with sex.

In most cases prostate cancer presents without any symptoms, especially during the early stages. Many men aren't diagnosed until their doctor notices a problem during their physical exam. In a small number of cases men will have some symptoms, most of which are associated with urination. They'll notice that they urinate more often than they did before, feel pain when they go and see blood when they urinate. In undiagnosed prostate cancer, the man may also feel pain in their pelvic area, especially around the pelvic bones.

Prostate cancer treatment ranges from the invasive to the simple, depending on the stage of the disease. There are many different treatment options available such as active surveillance. This is the monitoring and watching of the disease to note any changes and hopefully prevent the disease from spreading. Another type of treatment is natural therapy, which is a program that focuses on eating healthy, exercising, and reducing stress. Other prostate cancer treatment options include surgery to remove the prostate, surgery to remove the testicles, hormone therapy, and radiation therapy.

Doctors have found that eating some foods will help prevent prostate cancer. Men who eat a vegan diet have reduced the symptoms of the disease as well as stopped the cancer from spreading. Foods relating to the prevention of the disease include pomegranate juice drank every day and legumes. These are known as super foods because they help the body stay healthy and prevent certain types of cancer including prostate cancer.

A good broad overview of this type of cancer is located at the Prostate Cancer entry at Wikipedia. Another good resource is What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer from the National Cancer Institute. For information on prostate cancer treatment and symptoms, see Prostate Cancer at the Mayo Clinic, Prostate Cancer at Medicine Net, and the MedLine Plus entry on Prostate Cancer. All About Prostate Cancer also contains information for those curious about the disease.

Many sufferers are looking for information on alternative treatments to prostate cancer. These treatments rely on foods and herbs used outside of Western medicine and things that will reduce the symptoms associated with the disease. A few food resources include Alternative Approaches to Prostate Cancer and Prostate Cancer-Alternative Treatments.

The risk factors for prostate cancer are also outlined carefully at Prostate Cancer: Prevention, Genetics, Causes, Prostate Cancer Risk Factors, and Prostate Cancer Risk Factors at About.com.

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