Dr. Elist Review of Living With Prostate Cancer
As national prostate health awareness month comes to a close, Dr. Elist reviews the topics covered this past week. Amongst the topics discussed, were the correlation between obesity and prostate cancer, the effects of prostate cancer on other tissues, organs and the body, as well as life with prostate cancer.
Obesity and Prostate Cancer
In a recent study published by the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal, it was found that obese men had a 57% increased risk of prostate cancer. It is hypothesized that fat deposition surrounding the prostate creates the perfect environment for disease growth. In addition to increased risk of prostate cancer, obesity can interfere with and cause surgical treatment complications. Also, evidence suggests that obesity may mask elevated PSA levels in overweight men, thus delaying detection and consequently treatment.
Prostate Cancer and The Body
The effects of prostate cancer on other parts of the body were also discussed. Differentiation between benign and metastatic tumors were discussed, and the importance of early detection was reviewed which can prevent spread to other parts of the body. However, once spread, it is important to know where the cancer has metastasized. By conducting a lymph node biopsy, one can find out if the cancer has left the prostate. Common sites of metastases are the bladder, rectum and bone.
Living with Prostate Cancer
Receiving the diagnosis of prostate cancer can be met with many emotions such as fear, anxiety, sadness and anger. However, many patients that have prostate cancer can live long and healthy lives. It is important to keep a positive attitude and have a strong support system close at hand. Joining a support group and involving your friends or family can be great ways to keep a positive outlook. Educating yourself about cancer and the various stages and treatment can also clarify any confusion that may lead to fear or anxiety. It is important to have an open dialogue with your doctor and voice any questions and concerns you have.
If you or someone you know has prostate cancer, it is important to seek the right treatment. Speak with your primary care doctor or urologist today about your concerns. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the better your outlook and outcome.