You learned the symptoms of prostate cancer in our last blog. Now it’s time to learn what may be causing prostate cancer.
We know that prostate cancer begins when the cells in the prostate gland become abnormal. Mutations in these abnormal cells’ DNA multiply more rapidly than normal cells. These abnormal cells outlive your normal cells. The increasing abnormal cells form a tumor and invade nearby tissue.
Factors That May Put You at Risk for Prostate Cancer:
- Your risk of prostate cancer increases with older age.
- Your family history can increase your risk for prostate cancer. A family history of breast cancer and prostate cancer may contribute to your diagnosis.
- Obese men may be at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer; or, if they already have it, they may have a more advanced stage of the cancer.
Coping Strategies and Support if You Have Prostate Cancer:
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important to have a strong support group as well as coping mechanisms. This can be a scary and tense time in your life, so let your family and friends help. Consider these coping strategies until you find what works best for you:
- Research prostate cancer in order to feel comfortable making your own decisions about treatment options. Learn enough about prostate cancer to know what to expect during treatment and your life after treatment. Ask a medical professional about valuable resources you can use to find out more information.
- Keep your support circle close. Your family and friends can provide you with overwhelming support during this tough time in your life.
- Try connecting with other cancer survivors. Friends and family can be a big support during this time, but they can’t always relate to your situation. Other cancer survivors can give you a network of support and a sense of understanding. Ask your doctor if there are any support organizations in your area.
- Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, get active and be kind to yourself. Also, don’t stop expressing yourself sexually. Even if you start to suffer from ED, explore what makes you happy.
For Comfort and Solutions, Call Urology Experts
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, call us. We are able to walk you through all the steps of your diagnosis; from explaining what’s happening in your body, to treating your cancer and providing support. Call us or schedule an appointment online today.