Diseases

Prostate cancer

With about 57, 000 new cases a year, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, usually occurring after fifty years.

The chances of recovery increase dramatically if prostate cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. Although the evolution of this cancer can be relatively slow.

Generally, a prostate cancer is discovered during a consultation and a specific medical examination (digital rectal examination and blood test), without any particular signs appearing (although many men complain about urinary problems past fifty). It can also be discovered during a screening.

To increase the chances of recovery, it is important that men are regularly monitored for individual screening at the age of 50 years. This requires consulting a doctor for a medical examination including a digital rectal examination.

A blood test with PSA (prostate specific antigen) assay is also needed. But beware, this systematic screening in all men is not recommended by our health authorities (although many urologists recommend it).

Urologists point out that this screening has reduced prostate cancer mortality by 4% per year.

In fact, the situation is analyzed case by case for each man. Because there are latent, indolent prostate cancers for which there is no need to "over-treat" the risk of causing significant side effects related to therapies. The best part is that each patient speaks with his doctor or urologist.

Treatments are indicated and proposed according to the state of health of the patient, his age, the stage of development and the nature of the tumor ...

The therapeutic solutions are adapted to each case of prostate cancer. New drugs are now available in prostate cancer especially indicated for advanced stages (with metastases). They showed significant benefits.

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Read also :

> Operation of the prostate (Adenoma of the prostate)
> Operation of prostate cancer
> Benign prostatic hypertrophy
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