New scientific research has revealed that men have a one-in-seven chance of developing prostate cancer at some point in their life. Although prostate cancer is relatively easy to treat these days, there are still thousands of men being diagnosed with it because they don’t know how to read the warning signs that something may be wrong. Whilst the disease is very treatable, men need to be able to be able to notice the tell tale signs in order to catch it before it gets to an advanced stage.
Here are our top tip for those tell-tale signs that something may be wrong so that you can get your prostate looked at as quickly as possible and get the immediate treatment that you need.
The PSA (Prostate-Specific-Antigen)
All men need to get their PSA levels tested on a regular basis in order to be able to keep on top of what is going on in that area of the body. If you are tested for high SPA levels that may be an indication of prostate cancer onset. This screening process is quick, simple, and contrary to popular belief is not painful.
Talking to your doctor about booking a prostate examination is something that all you need to do, if you’ve not done so already. The need for regular prostate examinations increases the older you get so you must take the advice of your doctor about how regularly you need to get this screening.
Your Urine is Very Telling
Your urine is an important way to monitor the overall health of your prostrate on a day to day basis. Common prostate symptoms related to the development of prostate tumours can result in the following urinary patterns:
- If you experience pain when passing urine, or have difficulty when trying to pass urine.
- If you have noticed an increased frequency in the amount you urinate, which is usually particularly noticeable at night.
- A reduced amount of urine that is possible to flow. Also if you notice a reduced speed at which your urine is expelled this could be your body telling you something.
- If you are suffering from loss of bladder control. If you keep finding yourself caught short and rushing to the toilet for desperate relief then this could be a warning sign.
- Finding any blood in your urine, which is a condition otherwise known as ‘hematuria’, could mean that something is going on in your prostate.
These are your body’s ways of showing you that something’s may not be right. So if you notice any of the above signs you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment.
Is Your Diet Helping Fight Prostate Cancer?
Your diet is an integral part of the fight against prostate cancer. Our health and well being starts with our diets so we should all be more responsible when it comes to the types of food we are consuming. When it comes to fighting against prostate cancer there are some important food types that we should be integrating into our weekly diets.
Zinc and selenium are both incredibly important minerals for men as they are have scientifically shown to actually feed the prostate gland in turn protecting it from cancerous tumours developing. Vitamin B is also highly recommended for men and it is advised to take supplements of this vitamin on a daily basis.
Other foods, that are advised to add to a male diet, are pumpkin seeds, garlic and also, rather surprisingly, stinging nettles are all very effective at fighting against prostate cancer. So look at way to work more of these into your general diet.
Essential fatty acid, Omega-3, is one of the best things that men can consume as it boosts healthy cell membranes from head to toe, including, of course, the prostate. Omega-3 can be found in fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel and tuna so make sure you are packing your lunches and dinners out with these delicious and body boosting fish.
Healthy digestion is really important for a healthy prostate as bad digestion can have a direct impact on the health of your prostate. Gut irritations such as irregularity when you can go to the toilet, constipation and diarrhea all signify a problem with your digestive system and could lean to systemic toxicity.
Probiotics are really useful in helping with digestive problems, as is hydrochloric acid, so if you’re suffering from the above go to your local health shop and stock up on a little of these. Whilst you’re there you should also stock up on vitamin B and D3, which studies state can help prevent the prostate from becoming inflamed and oversized.
Seeking Medical Assistance
If any of the above tell-tale signs ring true for you then you should organise an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible, as he or she will be able to listen to your symptoms and then talk you through the most appropriate screenings and examinations for you.
Medicine has come a long way over the last couple of decades when it comes to treating prostate cancer. Prostate cancer specialists, these days, offer the best and most effective prostate cancer treatments that have ever been available. One of the latest developments, ‘The daVinco Robotic Prostatectomy’ is an advanced prostatectomy treatment of the whole gland. This is the most advanced surgical way of treating prostate cancer and it is proving to be revolutionary in its field. Ask your doctor for more information on this treatment or, alternatively, jump online and research this new surgical procedure.
Even though the above symptoms can be alarming, if you are experiencing any of them try not to panic, calmly contact your doctor, organise an appointment and let them take a look and take it from there.
Just by taking the time to try and understand the potential signs of prostate cancer and being pragmatic in the steps you take will all go a long way in looking after your health and keeping prostate cancer at bay.