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Understanding Prostate Cancer

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What do you know about prostate cancer? I’ll be honest, as a woman, my only knowledge prior to my interview with House Call Doctor Clinical Director, Dr. Ryan Harvey that it was something older men can be afflicted with. I had so much to learn in understanding prostate cancer.  Now I am better prepared to recognize symptoms that can save someone’s life!

The first thing I needed in understanding prostate cancer was a clear definition of what exactly the prostate was.  The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.  There is a little more involved but for our purpose, that is a good start!

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men and  The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 192,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States.  The prostate cancer numbers are similar in Australia, where Dr. Harvey practices.

Despite increased screening and a steady decline in the number of prostate cancer deaths over the years, prostate cancer still is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American men, behind lung cancer.

That said… when caught early the prognosis is much more favorable!  Understanding prostate cancer and the symptoms are critical for the health and wellbeing of every man in your life!

One of the most recurring topics when it comes to any health-related issue, prostate cancer included, is the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  Eating right, exercising, and getting good sleep are all important.  Read more in Dr. Harvey’s article on Living Healthy List, he gives tips on how to boost your immune system with food and proper supplements.

You can watch my interview with Dr. Harvey below to better understand prostate cancer.

 

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