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Probability of Prostrate Cancer after a Certain Age: Seniors Be Cautious

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/2/2006 | Health

Prostate cancer is common among Americans over a certain age. Next to lung cancer, it is prostate cancer that kills thousands of men every year all across the nation. Still, most men are ignorant about what causes this disease and the measures that can help prevent its spread in the body.

In the USA, the African-Americans are the greatest victims of this disease. Though the men over 50 are more likely to develop prostate cancer, it is not uncommon in men in their 40s or even in their 30's. Because the disease spreads very slowly, the victims are typically unaware of its presence in their bodies until it is too late. This is the reason why most of the patients with prostate cancer often fail to survive due to the metastasis of the untreated prostate cancer.

There are a number of men who go through several types of prostate related problems even through their young ages. All these problems need to be adequately addressed; otherwise, some of them can take a fatal turn. On the other hand, an early detection and an adherence to a simple and healthy lifestyle can ensure that you will be the owner of a problem free prostate even when you get older.

If you are senior person over fifty years of age, you should take immediate notice as you experience the following symptoms:

l     Several types of problems at the time of urination like burning, decreased flow, increased urination at night, blood in the urine.

l     Pain in the lower back region, fever and pelvic pain

l     Even after finishing urination, the bladder still seems to be full

Remember, prostate dysfunctions are all treatable, only if you address the problem at an early stage.

There is a blood test called PSA (prostatic specific antigen) that is employed to diagnose prostrate cancer. A digital rectal exam is also carried on to confirm the presence of the cancer in this organ. A senior person should have both of these tests on an annual basis to ensure an early detection of prostate cancer.

There is a range of treatments available for curing prostrate related problems. However, many physicians advocate the use of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) in place of radiation and surgery that may render the patient permanently impotent.

It is also possible to maintain the health of the prostrate through consuming the right kinds of foods. Here is a brief guide to help you choose the foods to keep your prostate problem free.

Pumpkin seeds rich in essential fatty acids have been traditional choice for nurturing the prostate. There is a chemical called Lycopene that has the power of reducing the risk of prostate cancer by more than 40 percent! This chemical can be found in the colored fruits and vegetables like watermelon and tomato in large quantity. However, you have to have at least ten servings of tomatoes per week in order to gain the anti-cancer effects of tomatoes.

In addition to that, you can consider taking zinc supplements to keep the prostate functions smooth. Also, take vitamin C and the gamma form of vitamin E which reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer by five times.