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STDs and Cancer Risk: How Does Sexual Health Affect Overall Health?

In 2012, President Barack Obama declared April as Cancer Control Month, a time to spotlight and celebrate the many advancements in cancer treatment, including important prevention efforts such as cancer screenings.

Although most people are very aware of cancer and its affects on people, many are not aware of how their actions and other aspects of their health can increase their cancer risk. When it comes to your sexual health and cancer risk, you should be aware that contracting an STD can increase your risk for many types of cancer.

Here’s the low-down on STDs and cancer risk.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

prostate-cancer-awarenessEach year, the month of September has been set aside in many countries as a prostate cancer awareness month. This is meant to enlighten people about the disease, its causes and ways to prevent it as well as the best way of treating it.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer refers to a form of cancer which develops in a male gland known as prostate within the reproductive system. Majority of the prostate cancers grow slowly even though there are cases of prostate cancer that are very aggressive. The cells of the cancer may spread to other body parts such as the lymph nodes and the bones from the prostate. It is worth noting that, prostate cancer may result to problems during sexual intercourse, pain, erectile dysfunction or difficulty in urine removal. There are other symptoms which may develop during the disease later stages.

Prostate cancer presence may be shown by symptoms, prostate specific antigen, biopsy or physical examination. The management strategies of this disease should be led by its severity. Majority of the low risk tumors can be followed with active surveillance very safely. Treatments that are meant to cure prostate cancer mainly entails various form of radiation therapy, surgery or less commonly used treatment that involves hormonal therapy, cryosurgery as well as the chemotherapy which are mainly reserved for advanced case of the disease. The risk of Prostate cancer can as well be reduced by masturbation

Prostate cancer detection rate varies very widely across the world and its frequency of detection is less in East and South Asia. This disease is more likely to develop in men with more than fifty years of age and it is globally among the top causes of cancer in most men. Prostate cancer is also most common in developed countries while as its rate of development is rapidly increasing in developing countries.

However, it is important to note that most men suffering from prostate cancer never have any symptoms, undertake no kind of therapy and eventually die as a result of many other causes that have no relation to prostate cancer. The development of this disease is associated with many factors that include diet and genetics.

The underlying health and age of the man, appearance under the microscope, the metastasis extend level as well as the cancer response to first treatment are very crucial in determining the result of the disease. patient.

Visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation for more information on spreading the awareness.


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