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Dealing with Prostate Cancer

Cancer is basically a growth that is caused by cells. So, cancer is not some internal injury or bleeding caused by what you eat or whatever is in those myths about cancer that you must have come across. Cancer is simply an abnormal growth in a part of the body that is caused by cells in that part of the body which often results in some malignant effect on that individual’s body which is in most cases terminal if not treated seriously and early. There are so many types of cancers, ranging between 150 and 200 and they vary in their effects. However, one constant is that it starts out as a tumor which is the name for the abnormal growth of the cells. So, the base of operation for any cancer is in the cells. As simple as it sounds, it is still a little bit complicated. Cells produce just the right amount of themselves that the body needs at certain times and it does this by signaling. These signals control how much of the cells are produced. What cancer then does is simply to run interference. It tampers with those signals and makes the cells overproduce themselves which would consequently lead to a growth or lump which we have said could also be referred to as a tumor. Where this tumor is, is where cancer begins. There are benign tumors and cancerous ones. Already, it appears needless to point out which is problematic, but for the sake of clarity, benign tumors are not cancerous; they do not cause problems, usually.

What`s More?

The major distinction between these two types of tumors is how large they grow and how fast they multiply. If the tumors become really large and begin to spread around the body, it becomes a huge problem and in most cases, spells doom for the individual and that is when it becomes cancerous. Some of the major cancers are:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cancer of the Lungs
  • Brain Cancer or Tumor
  • Skin Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

These cancers affect various parts of the body and in time, could spread to many other parts of the body if not controlled. The target for the treatment of any cancer is to minimize its spread.

Let’s Talk about Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system that is mainly involved in manufacturing most of the semen. It`s a no-brainer that prostate cancer affects only men; it is usually associated with men in their 60’s and above. Medical practitioners agree that there is no fixed factor that causes prostate cancer, but some accounts have been linked to men who eat a lot of red meat. So, men, you might want to stay away from that red meat. Isn`t it ironic that red often symbolizes danger? Well, this is proof. Joking apart, a lot of red meat spells danger and increases the risk of prostate cancer for men. Also, it could come as a result of family background and history. It could be hereditary; passed down through the family line of men. For men who also have an uncontrollable obese body, you run the risk of getting prostate cancer as well. Lastly, drinking a lot of beer makes you a possible candidate for prostate cancer. So, watch it guys!

Its Symptoms

These symptoms do not outright reveal themselves in the early stage of prostate cancer. That’s why it is pertinent to visit your doctor from time to time to ensure you are safe. Some of the symptoms of  prostate cancer include

  • Sexual problems like erectile dysfunction, the inability to satisfactorily perform sexually; other problems such as impotency and sometimes, traces of blood in the semen.
  • The man may also encounter urinary problems because the position of the prostate is close to the bladder and a growth may affect the bladder and cause abnormal problems when it comes to urination, like a slow flow when one urinates, the individual make encounter some trouble starting or stopping the flow when urinating, being forced to pass urine more often, especially at night, and an incessant feeling of not emptying the bladder fully.
  • Of course, many growths often lead to pain. So, this is no different. The growth would definitely produce some pain and that should signal a symptom of prostate cancer.

Now, the Remedies

There are some natural remedies that work as a cure for prostate cancer. They include

  • Ginger
  • Tomatoes
  • Soy food
  • Chili Pepper
  • Curcumin
  • Green Tea
  • Pomegranate
  • Resveratrol
  • AHCC

Let`s Discuss them!

Ginger

gingerRemember it was clearly pointed out that any treatment for any kind of cancer will place its concentration on an attempt to either reduce the growth of the cell or the spread of cancer to the other parts of the body. That is exactly what ginger is good for. It was found out that extracts from ginger can reduce cancer cell growth.

Tomatoes

tomatoesTomatoes help, whether it`s in its processed form or raw form because they both contain an agent that is useful in battling the prostate cancer which is called lycopene.

Resveratrol

resveratrolThis item is usually associated with wine. Just like every other cure here, its power is in its ability to inhibit the growth of the prostate cancer cells. It is also good for DNA protection and fighting of inflammation.

Chili Pepper

Chilli PepperThis not only inhibits the growth or the cancer cells, it is said to actually kill them. However, its distinction from other cures is that it contributes to that factors of autophagy which is the natural process of cell destruction that tears apart dysfunctional components.

AHCC

AHCCIt is fully referred to as Active Hexose Correlated Compound which is a medicinal extract from a mushroom. It also helps in the fight to cure prostate cancer. Studies and experiments have been carried out on it and it has proven to yield positive results.

Curcumin

turmericCurcumin has been discovered to reduce the expression of two pro-inflammatory proteins (cytokines CXCL1 and CXCL2) involved in prostate cancer. It reduces the spread of cancer cells and it also interferes with cancer growth by reducing the expression of receptors for sex hormones.

Pomegranate

PomegranateResearch shows that drinking pomegranate juice may slow the progression of prostate cancer. Three components found in the extract of the juice of this fruit can be useful in inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer. These components are ellagic acid, luteolin, and punicic acid. The choice to treat prostate cancer using pomegranate juice should be dependent on your doctor`s advice. Although pomegranate juice is generally safe, there is evidence that it may affect how your body processes certain medications such as blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and some drugs used in the treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Green Tea

Green tea remains faithful in the fight against prostate cancer. It contains catechin, a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells and treating an enlarged prostate.

Soy Food

soybeansSoy foods like the other cures attack the abnormal growth of the cancerous cells and it does that with the help of an active ingredient called phytoestrogens. It inhibits secretion of testosterone which restricts blood flow to the prostate, thereby preventing the cells from growing.

Final Words…

Now you know nine things that`ll cure, or at least curtail prostate cancer. What about prevention?

You might want to do the following

  • Eat seafood
  • Choose a low-fat diet
  • Reduce your consumption of dairy products
  • Eat fat from plants than from animals
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables

Together, let`s fight prostate cancer!