People always dream of having a healthy body even as they get older. However, with all the harmful chemicals, delicious but unhealthy food and every type of pollution people are exposed to every day, it would seem almost impossible. One disease that is common to men is prostate cancer. It usually develops in men when they are in their fifties. The rate of men getting it is gradually increasing each year.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a kind of cancer whose development is found in the prostate gland. The growth of many prostate cancers is slow but there are also some whose growth is very aggressive. From the prostate, the cancer cells then spread to the rest of the body, most specifically to the lymph nodes and bones.
What are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?
There are many men who get prostate cancer but experience no symptom so they never undergo therapy then eventually die due to other reasons. The symptoms of prostate cancer that could appear to people with prostate cancer vary by their diet and genetics. Nonetheless, here are some symptoms of prostate cancer that some people experience upon acquiring this disease:
- Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction is most commonly known as “impotence” or the lack of ability for a man to get or maintain an erection that is considered long enough for a satisfactory sexual intercourse. Here are some treatment options that a patient with this symptom could use to alleviate the effects:
- Medications that are taken orally like Levitra, Cialis, Stendra, Viagra, and Staxyn
- Implants for penile
- Suppository drugs that are taken to take effect during intercourse
- Using a device for vacuum constriction to force out blood to go to the penis in order to get an erection
- Medicinal injections to be given to the penis a few moments before sexual intercourse
- Urinary Incontinence Urinary incontinence is the loss of the ability of a man to control his urination. There are various types of this symptom, which vary with the degree of how severe they are.
- A few dribble their urine
- Total leakage
- Stress incontinence or excretion urine as a person laughs, coughs or sneezes
However, there are some things that could be done to relieve you from this symptom:
- Doing floor exercises that focus on your pelvic muscles Many doctors choose to begin their treatment with behavioral techniques that develops the ability of men to hold and control their urine. Empowering the muscles with Kegel exercises are done by squeezing upon attempting to hold yourself from urinating in midstream. Biofeedback programs can be combined with this exercise to make the training even better.
- Receiving support care In this way, modification of treatment like lessening the amount of liquid intake, avoidance of alcohol, spicy foods or caffeine and disabling the habit of drinking any fluid before sleeping, are included. Men will be encouraged to regularly pee and not hold it in or just go when they cannot take it anymore.
- Taking medications Wide ranges of medicines are available in the market to help in the increase of bladder capacity and decrease the level of how frequently a person urinates. Hopefully, in the future, many more medications would be available to aid in the other forms of leakage.
- Stimulating the neuron muscles with electricity Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is used to increase the strength and retrain the urinary muscles that are weak and to promote improvement with regards to the control of the bladder. To do this treatment, a probe is placed inside the anus and a current then takes passage in the probe at a level just below the threshold of pain to produce a contraction. The patient will then be told to do some squeezes on their muscle when the current is turned on. The current will then be turned off after the contraction.
- Delve in to devices, surgeries and injections Many other techniques are available in the medical field to improve the functions of the bladder.
- Getting a sphincter that is artificially-made Artificial sphincters are made up of three parts: pressure-regulating balloon, cuff that circles the urethra and stops leakage of urine and a pump. Seventy to eight percent of men have been cured or shown great improvement with the use of this patient-controlled device.
- Using a Bulbourethral sling
A sling is used to compress and suspend the urethra. Synthetic materials or the tissues of the patient were used to make the necessary urethral compression that could control the bladder.
- Fatigue This symptom is most often taken as tiredness. Tiredness is natural for everybody but fatigue on the other hand is of a higher level than that. With fatigue, you lack the strength and energy that you could for the entire day. It is a symptom that can be relieved by a simple nap. Fatigue can get in the way of you doing the many things that you find enjoyable and can stop you from functioning in a normal state. Fatigue can be pretty annoying but there are some things that you could do to combat it:
- Assess your own level of energy Do not use all your energy in one go. Keep track of the courses you did the entire day so you would know which activities make you easily tired and which does not. Be wary for signs of fatigue like tired eyes, stiff shoulders, and malaise.
- Conserve your energy Limit your actions and plan ahead. Set up schedules on what you have to do including your rest. Keep a steady pace without rushing any of your tasks and keep your environment comfortable for you.
- Maintain good nutrition Vitamin B is said to aid in the reduction of fatigue levels in the body
Man up but never take your health with nonchalance. If you experience any of the symptoms of prostate cancer, try contacting your doctor to get you checked. Remember, diseases such as prostate cancer can be easily healed when detected in their early stages. Do not wait until it would be too late. Your health should be one of your topmost priorities.