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Prostate Cancer. What Causes Prostate Cancer?

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One of the biggest fears of all males on this planet – prostate cancer. This type of cancer is surprisingly seldom to be found and many men simply don’t know that they have the disease. Some may never know that they had cancer. While many cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed post mortem, the disease itself brings lots of symptoms and leads to substantial complications when left untreated. Another good news for men is that adenocarcinoma is a severe yet treatable form of cancer and when localized can be cured without surgical or chemical treatment methods.

The condition is quite common and it is the 6th most common cause of natural death for men worldwide. This type of cancer is responsible for 15% of all clinical cases being the second most often diagnosed type of cancer out there. This is truly a fearsome statistic and the epidemiology shows that the disease got “younger”. Previously, the vast majority of cases were diagnosed after 55. Now, the age when it is generally discovered is 50 and there are men under 45 with the cancer already spreading out.

Let’s talk about what causes cancer and what may be beneficial in preventing each of main causes.

High blood pressure. Lack of oxygenation.

The condition of the prostate gland is one of the reasons why prostate cancer starts developing. A healthy prostate will less likely generate cancerous cells, while a prostate gland that lacks oxygen and proper nutrition has a higher chance of “giving life” to cancer. This is why high blood pressure that usually means tight veins and arteries has a direct relation to prostate cancer. Narrower veins will have trouble transporting enough oxygen and nutrition to the prostate gland opening up opportunities for both cancer and inflammation.

High blood pressure can be a symptom of a wide variety of heart diseases and also a consequence of an unhealthy living. Often caused by smoking and obesity, high blood pressure is often the reason why one has problems with the prostate.

How to counteract? Stop drinking and smoking, exercise more often and make sure that you have enough cardio exercises in your program. It is highly important to stop smoking tobacco since it is the way straight to high blood pressure.

A present from your ancestors. Genetics.

There is a strong connection between genetics and the possibility of prostate cancer. The genetic etiology of the disease is far more complicated compared to, for example, breast cancer. While BRCA2 gen is usually responsible for the latter, the former is often caused by a combination of corrupted genes and detecting the issue on the genetic level is often impossible. However, the connection is quite obvious as multiple statistical studies suggest.

Men with first-degree relatives have a 5-times bigger chance to get prostate cancer, while men without such family members usually don’t become affected by cancer at all. For each 1 patient with cancer there are 5-6 patients with cancer who have affected relatives. This statistic is impossible to deny and the relation between genetics and the probability of prostate cancer is vivid.

How to counteract? Using a combination of prostate cancer prevention methods is the only way to postpone of decrease the chance of getting the disease. There is no way of genetic correction as of yet. However, a mix of procedures that improve the condition of the gland (alpha-blockers, prostate massage, and others) can definitely delay the inevitable of make it less impactful.

Imbalanced diet with the lack of some vitamins.

There is a strong relation between rationing and prostate cancer. Various statistical and clinical studies suggest that having an improperly balanced diet is a sure way to prostate cancer. While unhealthy eating is generally a part of any cancerous etiology, adenocarcinoma is a bit specific. The definitive opinion on the impact of dieting is not yet thoroughly studied, but some scientists suggest that eating too much red meat can be bad.

Many scientists and researchers are nearly certain that a low level of vitamin D can notably increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. Some suggest that the lack of vitamin B is also a factor, but this has not been proved yet. On the other hand, the complete impact absence of the inclusion of vitamin B in the diet tells us that folic acid is not an impactful factor when it comes to determining the etiology of prostate cancer.

How to counteract? Eating healthily is generally recommended to all people.

  • Consuming enough foods with vitamin D is highly recommended as well as including appropriate supplementary. There are not many foods that actually provide us with vitamin D. Amongst them are mushrooms, fish oil, and some other products.
  • It is highly recommended to reduce the amount of red meat in your diet and eat more vegetables and fruits to avoid obesity.

Living healthy. Sexual activity is important.

An early start of the sexual life is often a risk increasing factor as well as often changes of lifetime partners. However, these studies are tentative and do not determinatively state that the risk increase is far from statistically average. However, many studies showed that frequent ejaculations and removal of seminal fluid from the gland in general are effective for both prostate cancer prevention and BPH treatment. It is suggested that frequent ejaculations (from 15 to 30 per month) can improve the condition of the prostate gland and thus decrease the chance of cancer!

How to counteract? Having sex or masturbating frequently and incorporating in your sexual life healthy physiological procedures like prostate massage and prostate milking are all great ways to ensure that the gland is active.

Infections and other diseases.

There is a strong, yet unstudied, connection between specific infections like gonorrhea and xenotropic viruses which both are considered to be in the etiology of prostate cancer. However, there are other statistical studies that indicate a slight decrease of the prostate cancer risk in those patients who had UTIs and prostatitis previously.

There is no proved connection between acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis and prostate cancer. As mentioned above, some scientists claim that prostatitis actually reduces the risk of the prostate cancer.

How to counteract? Avoid sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, ensure that your hygiene level is always high, and that you don’t risk having a UTI. While some researches may claim that it is “healthy” to have a urinary tract infection, we strongly advise you against it!

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