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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sex Makes No Difference

Cancer plays no favorites. It does not care if you are a male or female. It treats everyone as equal and destroys and interrupts lives of all those affected. September helps draw attention to cancer and all those touched by it. Those that suffer from cancer, the family and friends affected and those that are in search of a cure. 

Prostate Cancer affects men and the prostate gland. The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and is directly in front of the rectum. A males prostate holds the urethra of a man and helps make some of the male hormone. As a man ages the prostate grows. This growth is because of hormones and much of it is normal. However, there is growth that can be considered BPH BPH can be treated with drugs or surgery.

The prostate holds several types of cells. Most cancer cells will start growing in the gland cells. There are some aggressive cancers that grow and spread quickly. There are those prostate cancers that grow very slowly and some that one never knows is there 'til it is too late. The risk of prostate cancer goes up with age, other family members who also have prostate caner, the diet of red meat and dairy, and being over weight. Other common risks include smoking, being a fire fighter, std's and vasectomies.

Each year around 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed. For men, prostate cancer is the second most cancer found.One out of every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime during their life. An average of 1 in every 38 lives will be claimed by prostate cancer.

Early signs of prostate cancer are not commonly found by simply symptoms. The most common way to diagnose prostate cancer is through a PSA blood test or a rectal exam. Symptoms of trouble urinating, keeping or having an erection, blood in the urine, pain in the spine, hips, ribs or other bones, weakness or numbness in legs or feet or loss of bladder or bowel control should be looked into. 

Ovaries are small, almond shaped organs located in a woman. Women normally have 2 ovaries with one located on each side of the uterus. Their job in the body is to store eggs and produce female hormone estrogen and progesterone. 

Ovarian Cancer is a disease that starts when malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the ovaries. The cancer cells will grow out of control and form tumors. There are a variety of tumor types that can start in the ovaries. Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors can be cured by removing one ovary or part of it at a time. Cancerous tumors are treated differently depending on how far the cancer has spread before diagnoses. 

The 5th leading cause of cancer deaths of women between the ages of 35 and 74. One in every 75 women will develop ovarian cancer during their lifetime. The American cancer society estimates around 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed each year. Early diagnosis and treatment are the key to survival. 

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