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In its early stages, prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms. A more advanced prostate cancer can cause:. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. According to the American Cancer Society , about 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
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Your age , family history and race affect your chance of getting the disease. There is currently no proven way to reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer, though a healthy lifestyle is a good start.
However, the Mayo Clinic suggests eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising often. Prostate cancer can be found early with a simple prostate-specific antigen PSA blood test.
However, there is debate surrounding who should be screened, and fear that we may be over-testing and over-treating the disease. While some men are diagnosed with a super-aggressive, lethal form of the cancer, many patients develop a cancer that hardly changes or grows at all. Talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risk of prostate cancer and if screening is right for you. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, treatment can include active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy.
You and your doctor will determine which option is best. If you are a clinician and you're going to read only one easy-to-read book about prostate cancer, make it this one. Then lend it to those patients who wish to know more.
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Gill "Fast Facts [Prostate Cancer, 9th edn] does what it says on the cover and does it very well. The book provides short yet detailed coverage of the key aspects of prostate cancer, making it easy to pick up for a quick refresh. Epidemiology and pathophysiology; Diet, lifestyle and chemoprevention; Screening and early detection; Diagnosis, staging and prognostic indicators; Management of clinically localized disease; Managing recurrence after initial therapy; Management of metastatic prostate cancer; Management of castrate-resistant prostate cancer; Survivorship and treatment complications.
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