An estimated 217,730 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2010. It is estimated that 32,050 deaths from this disease will occur this year.
Prostate cancer runs a second to skin malignancy incidence in men and, except for lung cancer, is attributed to more deaths than any other cancer. It is estimated that about 1 out of 6 men will be diagnosed with this disease during his lifetime, and only 1 man in 34 will die of it.
The estimated number of deaths from prostate cancer this year is 32,050. Although the number of deaths from prostate cancer is declining among all men, the death rate remains more than twice as high in black men than in white men.
In families where the diagnosis has been made in men under 60, genetic factors seem to play a role in the development of the cancer.The risk of prostate cancer rises with the number of close relatives who have the disease. Some evidence suggests that dietary factors may increase or decrease the risk of prostate cancer.
The Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee is fully equipped to diagnose and treat this malignancy in the male reproductive system and in order to understand the disease more fully, an overview of the prostate gland and its function is useful.
The prostate is a gland located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. About the size of a walnut, it surrounds the tube that empties urine from the bladder and is one of the components of seminal fluid.
The prostate gland surrounds the urinary passage at the exit of the male bladder. The gland is very small in babies and grows at the time of puberty in response to testosterone secreted by the testicles.
Most men remain unaware of their prostate until late middle age when enlargement interferes with urination by constricting the urethra and reducing urine flow. This is often associated with the need to rise at night and pass urine more frequently.
There is a group of substances known as prostaglandins which were first identified in the prostate region but subsequent research has confirmed that this group of substances is present throughout the body and may facilitate contractions of the female genital tract helping transport of sperm through the uterus to the Fallopian tubes.
An enzyme called prostatic specific antigen (PSA) is produced by the lining cells of prostate ducts and a small amount can be detected circulating in the blood. When high levels of PSA are found in the blood, there is a risk of cancer.
PSA estimation is accepted world wide as a screening for prostate cancer, but since high levels of PSA are present in a number of other disorders, it cannot be deemed a perfect test.
As in all forms of cancer, early detection is the key and the Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee has the latest technology to ensure that, after your treatment, you can return to your active and productive life. Call our office for an appointment,if you are having anysymptoms that worry you like trouble urinating or blood in your urine or semen, swelling in your legs, discomfort in your pelvic area or bone pain.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, Dr. Mamus and his staff will consult with you on the best therapy for you. We are up to date on the most recent treatments for you and we will make sure that you fully understand your options.
For some men diagnosed with prostate cancer, surgery will be recommeded. For others, hormone therapy will be suggested. The prostate grows in response to testosterone whether cancerous or not. When the hormone is blocked by any one of a number of ways, the growth of the cancer cells is inhibited. Hormone treatments are not curative but they may remain effective for many years.
If prostate cancer is discovered when the malignancy is contained to the prostate and surrounding organs, 100% of men are expected to live at least five years after diagnosis.
NOW is the time to get serious about prostate cancer prevention and treatment. Right now, you can give yourself the gift of peace of mind by calling for an appointment at 941.923.1872.