The Inquisitr has reported that the risk of men getting prostate cancer is about as high as the risk of women getting breast cancer. Breast cancer has been getting a lot of attention for a while due to the widespread nature of it, but recently the attention has turned to prostate cancer as it can be equally as risky for people according to the article in question. Dr. David Samadi said that the two are parallel diseases. Breast cancer may get most of the attention, but prostate should be just as concerning.
The doctor said that teachable moments can come from real-life cancer stories. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie have been trying to raise awareness about cancer, but mostly that breast cancer and all are equally important, the article added. Samadi said that prostate cancer receives far less attention than it should and that is alarming. He said that it is just as common in men as breast cancer is in women. He also said that men and the public in general should have the same vigilant attitude about screening and prevention for prostate cancer as people do for other cancers. He concluded by saying that awareness needs to be raised and soon. People need to be educated on the risks of the disease.
According to The American Cancer Society, one in seven men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in their life. One out of thirty-eight men will die from the disease. The Inquisitr stated that a diagnosis of prostate cancer does not necessarily mean death, as there are a variety of treatment options available. Mt. Airy News said that surgery is the most common treatment option; the prostate is removed, along with the tissue surrounding it, during this prodcedure. Recovery after surgery could last five weeks or longer in some cases. Radiation therapy is also a treatment option as an alternative to surgery; if this method is unsuccessful, as it sometimes can be, usually surgery follows. Even gene therapy is proving to be a viable option, according to the article.
The article emphasized how prostate and breast cancer are parallel diseases. Men who are 50 or older are encouraged to get a prostate screening each year. Those with a family history of this type of cancer or individuals with painful urination should get screened as early as age forty. Fox News added that prostate cancer is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. It is just as common as breast cancer, and receiving regular exams can save lives.
Research has shown that mutations in genes, that have played a role in increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, may also be linked to prostate cancer. This new discovery, as well as other new research, could pave the way for additional treatment methods. Prostate cancer has increased globally over the last 20 years or more, just as breast cancer has. The risk is high, and action needs to be taken. It is a serious matter, the article went on to say, with proper screening and diagnosis measures being critical to the possibility of survival. Both types of cancer can be deadly if the proper care and treatment is not taken in a prompt manner. The Australian gave their take on the matter that the word needs to be spread on cancer, all types of cancer, and the importance and seriousness of action and awareness.
Prostate and breast cancer are parallel diseases. One is as serious as the other, and raising awareness is essential to fighting back against the disease. As Fox News put it, one cannot turn a blind eye to this issue. Attention must be turned to it in order for people to overcome it, and even for a cure to potentially be found one day. It is a widespread issue that everyone should be aware of and concerned about, the aforementioned article stated.
By Heather Granruth
The Australian: Prostate, breast cancer cases double in two decades
Fox News: Link found between breast-cancer genes, prostate cancer
The Inquisitr: Prostate Cancer Risk Is As High As Breast Cancer, Understanding Treatment Options
Mt. Airy News: Time to spread word on other cancers
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