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Here comes the science: prostate cancer

The prostate gland is a sex gland in front of the rectum that makes the fluid that carries sperm. Prostate cancer is a potentially deadly, but before you collapse in a hyperventilated hypochondriac panic, it's not all bad news...

4 December 2003

The good news first: Prostate cancer tends not to kill you (mostly). American medics reckon that about 13 per cent of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, but only three percent die from the disease. And you can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer by eating a healthy, low-fat diet including lots of vegetables, fruit and grains.

Prostate cancer can be detected very early with regular medical check-ups. The symptoms are pretty obvious: eg. blood or pus in your wee, or painful ejaculations. Doctors recommend that men over 40 have a regular medical check up (not just for prostate cancer but other things like high blood pressure. That said, regular medical check-ups are a good idea at any age, unless you get so stressed you drop dead from a heart attack aged 25).

A general medical needn’t include the finger-up-bum business – properly known as a “digital rectal examination” – but this is the sort of thing you should discuss with your doctor, because a blood test AND a rectal examination are the only way make sure you definitely don’t have prostate cancer.

You can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer by eating a healthy, low-fat diet including lots of vegetables, fruit and grains. Prostate cancer tends not to kill you (mostly). American medics reckon that about 13 per cent of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, but only three percent die from the disease.

If there are signs you do, the next stop is a biopsy (a tiny bit of prostate tissue is removed and examined) and if this is positive, then it’s time for surgery or radiation therapy. Although noone really knows what causes prostate cancer, the treatments are well-established. Potential side effects of a prostatectomy or radiation therapy include impotence and incontinence, but as surgical techniques continually improve, the risks of this are being reduced.

So that’s prostate cancer. Not nice, but as Nick Ross might say: “Don’t have nightmares.”



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