Prostate cancer may not only affect women but there’s always a possibility a man may suffer from it. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 males and has the highest incident of all cancers in men.
Prostate cancer mostly affects men over the age of 65 but it can also affects those younger than 65 if they have a strong family history.
Four things women need to know about Prostate Cancer:
1. Not everyone with prostate cancer needs treatment
A study done at Harvard showed that around 70% of the men diagnosed with Prostate cancer had the low risk type – the cancer grows so slowly; all you need to do is to keep actively surveilling it. This type of Prostate cancer never becomes life threatening and may never need treatment. Their healthcare provider just does some tests regularly to check if the cancer doesn’t start progressing quicker than anticipated.
Most doctors will suggest for men to wait and watch instead of going for medical treatment or surgical intervention. Treatment may cause side effects such as impotence and leakage of urine and it doesn’t have any added benefits unless you are faced with the high risk type of prostate cancer that progresses very quickly.