Prostate cancer appears in about 5-7% of men older than 50 years of age. Frequency of this condition being appeared grows as men age. Researches have determined that about 80% of men above 80 years of age have a prostate cancer. Epidemiological researches of this cancer appearing are showing high frequency of this condition being diagnosed with Negro men, with the lowest frequency of being diagnosed with Asian men. In Europe and America there is a mild risk of developing this condition.
Symptoms of prostate cancer are appearing very late, much later than the symptoms indicating a benign increase of the prostate. Most common symptoms which are brining patients to their doctors are common urination, difficulties with urinating, blood in the urine and sperm, pain and burning while urinating, painful ejaculation, frequent pain in the lower back etc. Men suffering from this condition do not experience any symptoms at all, especially in the first phase of the illness. It usually appears in the edges of the prostate being localized so it starts to press on the urinary tract too late, which is the first symptom to be noticed – difficult urination.
Most of these symptoms are not really specific to prostate cancer as they can also appear with common prostate illnesses. Some of these symptoms usually indicate to an inflammatory condition of the prostate. Men who feel any of these symptoms or are older than 50 need to talk to their doctor, even if there are no present symptoms that might indicate the illness to start with.
Stage 4 Prostate Cancer
Stage 4 means that the prostate cancer has metastases spreading all over the body. With the stage 4 prostate cancer specifically, cancer tends to focus on bones mostly, but it also affects the ureters, kidneys and lymph nodes all over the body. When this stage occurs, specific types of treatment need to be applied as this is a sensitive stage of the cancer when care and caution is needed. Surgery falls short in this phase because it’s usually impossible to remove all metastases all over the body; chemotherapy and radiation are usually much more efficient in treating this, while surgery can make sure that the origin of the cancer metastases is gone.
This type of therapy draws a lot of strength from patients so it’s crucial to stay motivated all throughout – this is where a lot of patients have issues dealing with their therapies because this needs to be done on a fairly long period of time if it is to be as efficient as it etc. Radiation therapy is also very effective in terms of relieving patients from excessive pain felt in their bones, which might be caused by this stage of the prostate cancer. Future developments of cancer treatment are basically providing more efficient treatment with fewer drawbacks, which is good news as chemotherapy has become really intensive for both body and mind. There are specific types of therapy which may be applied to specific cases, so a proper diagnosis is a requirement.