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Selasa, 07 April 2009

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A Biopsy Is the Only Certain Way To Diagnose Prostate Cancer

This original article was written by Donald Saunders

Although there are a number of excellent tests to indicate the possible presence of prostate cancer, such as the digital rectal examination and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, the only certain way to diagnose the presence of prostate cancer is to carry out a prostate biopsy.

The areas from which samples are taken, and the number of samples removed for testing, will depend upon the reason for the biopsy. Normal prostate cells are typically of a standard size and neatly arranged in a recognizable pattern. However, prostate cancer cells normally vary in size and are irregular in shape.

If the pathologist determines that cancer is present then he will go on to grade the cancer to indicate whether it is a low grade cancer which is likely to be slow growing, or a high grade cancer which may well be aggressive and spread quickly.

In 1977 the pathologist Donald Gleason devised a scale for categorizing prostate cancer and this scale is now widely used today. The Gleason scale ranges from 1 to 5 (with 1 representing a low grade cancer and 5 a high grade cancer) and a grade is assigned to each of two samples from the largest areas of cancer with the grades being added together to produce a final Gleason score.

Testing for the possible presence of prostate cancer is recommended for all men over the age of 50 and for those men over the age of 40 who fall into a high risk category. It is important however that once prostate cancer is suspected a biopsy is carried out to confirm its presence so that treatment can be given.

6 Tips About Preventing Prostrate Cancer

This original article was written by Jan Roos

Did you know, that in the United States alone, it is estimated that more than twenty eight thousand men die from prostrate cancer yearly? The tips in this article may help increase the survival odds for you.

Although prostrate cancer can occur in men under the age of fifty it is extremely rare. When it does occur under age 50 some doctors feel it may be related to DNA genes from the family or an abnormal problem with the testosterone hormone.

One of the major lifestyle changes you can do is to stop smoking, if you smoke. (Journal of Urology (Vol. 169: 512-516).

Not only can smoking speed up the spread of cancer cells throughout your body it also causes major damage to your entire respiratory system. Other studies have shown that a healthy diet can also decrease the odds of the early on set of cancer of the prostrate and its severity. Furthermore your natural defenses are increased with this type of diet.

Some of the other studies have shown that a sedate life style leads to a lowering of the body’s natural defense system. Exercise has been shown to help the immune system to work at top proficiency. So not only will you help your prostrate, but again lower the odds of contracting other life threatening diseases. Early detection is the absolute key to increasing the survival rate for cancer victims, prostrate or otherwise. The tips provided in this article on prostrate cancer are for information purposes only. Although prostrate cancer can be a life threatening disease, with the proper medical treatment and lifestyle changes, the chances of prostrate cancer being the actual cause of your death are small.

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