The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It is actually made up of several glands and is found under the urinary bladder, and surrounding the urethra. For a normal healthy elderly male it is very important to gather facts and information about prostate cancer in order to be able to be confident of spotting this condition as early as possible.Because of its location in the human body, any abnormality of the prostate can affect urination and normal erectile function.
Cancer, in any part of the body means when the cells of that organ begin to mutate. Sometimes these mutations lead to abnormal growth and multiplication of these cells. This can spread to other parts of the body such as the bones and lymph nodes.A preventative regime is recommended in anyone who is of a susceptible group. Anyone of a certain age needs to be aware of the condition and examine themselves regularly for any signs of enlargement in this area. Also, they must immediately visit their doctor in case of any abnormality, pain or any other suspicious experiences. Early on in the condition there are very few signs.
Diagnosis can be performed by self-examination or a positive screening test. If a positive screening test is found, then a biopsy is usually performed to look for any further signs of cancerous growth.It is thought that taking vitamin E, selenium or lycopene on a daily basis can help to prevent the onset of prostate cancer. Lycopene is found in large quantities in whole tomatoes. The National Cancer Institute has also found that men who eat soy, vitamin D and also cauliflower and broccoli more than once a week had a lower incidence of prostate cancer. It is important to create a self awareness of this condition and to be prepared to spot it as soon as it develops in order to achieve an effective treatment.