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World Cancer Day: 5 facts about prostate cancer every Indian man should know!

Did you know that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in Indian men? Moreover, according to the Indian Cancer Registry, the statistics of prostate cancer have been estimated to increase by 220% by 2020. In addition to increasing physical inactivity and consumption of high trans-fat food, urban lifestyle with its hectic schedules and stress is increasing the risk of cancer cases in India, there are more shocking facts you need to know. Dr Dhaval Rajde, Surgical Oncologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ahmedabad shares few facts about prostate cancer every man should be aware of!

#1. One of the astonishing reasons pointed out through research is the fact that less than 6 hours of sleep doubles the risk of prostate cancer in men. Due to lack of time and perhaps resources, we often cannot afford to sleep and eat properly. While the repercussions of a bad diet are known, lack of sleep can cause reduced melatonin levels responsible to maintain the sleep cycle. Because of this, the body cannot prevent the cancerous growth of the cells. Here’ more on reasons why prostate cancer is a silent killer.

#2. It is common to witness the disease occurring in the older population. But we are also seeing the trends coming in for younger population who are less than 40. Men should not be ashamed to get themselves checked. If the examination is done after the blood already starts occurring in the urine, there might be some difficulties. Early stage prostate cancer can be contained in the body and stopping its growth is possible.

#3. Urban men are more prone to cancer than rural men. This is because urban men lack the diet and the active lifestyle that is ever present in a rural population. It is troublesome as our lives have rapidly changed thanks to the hectic schedule and high levels of stress.

#4. It should be necessary for men to undergo a prostate checkup when they turn 50 because ageing population have increased the risk of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer usually manifests with symptoms such as, burning sensation while urinating, blood in urine or semen, loss of bladder control and swelling in legs of the pelvic region. Once the symptoms are identified by a patient, it is important to consult the doctors without any delay. Read more about the symptoms of prostate cancer.

#5. Examination and appropriate therapy at a right time can make the prostate cancer halt in its tracks. Advancement in technologies is being given through radiotherapy, chemotherapy or even a surgical procedure. Another therapy in trend is the hormone therapy responsible for monitoring the testosterone to a manageable level for maintaining balance. Also read about treatment for prostate cancer.

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