Prostate cancer in El Paso is defined as ‘cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum).’ This form of cancer is usually found in older men.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there have been 238,590 new cases of this cancer found in the United States and 29,720 deaths have occurred (data from 2013). In addition to these facts provided by the NCI, African-American men are more likely to get this type of cancer and have the highest death rate of it.
A question that is often asked about prostate cancer is what causes it? Unfortunately there is not a certain answer to this question. However diet has been thought to be one of the causes of this disease. Men who eat a lot red meat, especially ones that contain fat, can get this cancer.
Also studies have shown that hormones have played a role. By eating fats, it can raise the amount of testosterone in the body. And with the amount increasing, it could speed up the growth of prostate cancer.
It is important to know that symptoms of prostate cancer do not show up until it is in the advanced stage. Men who have this type of cancer often do not know about it until then. This is why it is very important to have your prostate checked out because if you do happen to have this cancer and it is found in its early stages, you can be treated and you live a normal life.
If you would like more information about prostate cancer in El Paso, feel free to contact us here at Rio Grande Urology. You can contact us at 915.225.2020.