According to the American Cancer Society, Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. One in six men will get Prostate cancer during his lifetime, and one in 36 men will die of the disease. For this year, ACS estimates that about 239,000 new cases of Prostate cancer will have been diagnosed, along with 30,000 deaths from the disease.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Inland Empire understands that these statistics can be daunting for aging men. Therefore, it’s important for men 40 and older to understand prevention, care and treatment for this debilitating disease. First, what is Prostate cancer? Synergy HomeCare of Inland Empire SW delved into the research of the country’s finest medical and scientific sources to provide you and your family members with a comprehensive overview of the disease.
According to Mayo Clinic, Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man's prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
While some types of Prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
According to ACS, certain risk factors are linked to the disease, including:
- Age – risk of Prostate cancer increases as men get older
- Race – in the U.S., African American men are more likely to get Prostate cancer and die of it than in men of other races
- Nationality – Prostate cancer is most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia and the Caribbean and less common in Asia, Africa, Central and South America
- Family history – men with close family members (father or brother) who have had Prostate cancer are more likely to get it themselves, especially if their relatives were young when they got the disease
- Genes – scientists have found some inherited genes that seem to raise Prostate cancer risk, but they account for only a small fraction of cases
- Diet – men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products seem to have a greater chance of getting Prostate cancer
- Obesity – some studies have found that men may be at greater risk for having more advanced Prostate cancer and of dying from Prostate cancer, but not all studies have found this
Prostate cancer symptoms vary, and some men do not experience any of the listed symptoms. Caught early, Prostate cancer can be treated successfully. But, because many men experience no symptoms, it is often identified only by an abnormal result on a basic Prostate cancer screening.
According to the CDC, symptoms of Prostate cancer include:
- Difficulty starting urination
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
- Pain or burning during urination
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pain in the back, hips or pelvis that doesn't go away
- Painful ejaculation
Whether you or your loved one experience any of the above symptoms and have not been tested, please make and appointment with your doctor. In order to prevent Prostate cancer, consider the following tips:
- Get your prostate checked yearly after age 40
- Eat right – studies show that men who eat a high fat diet have a greater risk of developing Prostate cancer, while diets high in fiber, soy protein, fruits and cooked tomatoes have all been shown to reduce risk
- Watch your weight – obesity may be a contributing factor to a number of cancers
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol and avoid caffeine
- Drink a lot of water – this can help flush out your bladder, urine should be almost clear
- Have regular sex – the best way to empty the prostate is to ejaculate
- Consult your doctor about other prevention tips
If you or your loved one suffer with Prostate cancer or need help preventing the disease, contact Synergy HomeCare of Inland Empire. Our trained caregivers are ready and willing to provide you and your family with the moral support, encouragement and physical caregiving you’ll need while battling this cancer. Our caregivers work to provide you and your loved one with the least stressful and most comfortable recovery experience, given the unpleasant side effects of common cancer therapy for patients. We offer:
- Bedside companions to calm anxiety and stress during hospitalizations or outpatient treatments
- Scheduling, transportation and companionship for treatments and doctor’s appointments
- Watchful care during recovery from routine treatments
- Prescription drug pickups
- Change in condition alerts
- Assistance with daily activities after surgery and during treatment
- Relief for family caregivers
- Housekeeping, meal preparation and nutrition
- Help with bathing, dressing and personal care
From keeping up with household tasks, to communicating with long-distance family members about a loved one’s progress, to ensuring the highest quality in-home care during nausea, anemia, pain, infection and other complications, SYNERGY HomeCare of Inland Empire SW can make all the difference during your cancer recovery.
If you or your family member live in the Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar area and are looking for support and guidance from those affected by Prostate cancer, contact the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, who will host a Prostate Cancer Family Support Group at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Riverside Medical Clinic’s Health Education Room, 7150 Brockton Ave., Suite 103. Members include the newly diagnosed, those currently undergoing treatment and survivors.
About SYNERGY HomeCare- Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Inland Empire is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of the Inland Empire SW is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .