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      HealthWACH: Prostate Cancer... No more worried waiting

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Prostate cancer affects hundreds of thousands of men each year in the U.S. This disease only affects men, but can be very deadly if not caught in enough time. The disease progresses slowly, so slow that doctors may not even catch it until it has taken a life.

      There are no known causes of prostate cancer, but there are some risk factors that doctors warn their patients about. Though doctors do not understand the exact cause of prostate cancer, they do know that it is caused by the change in DNA of a prostate cell. Some risk factors of developing prostate cancer can be altered or changed, while others cannot. Risk factors including smoking, diet, weight and STIs can be changed or treated to help prevent the development of prostate cancer but family history, age, race, genes, and nationality are some that cannot be controlled.

      Prostate cancer is a slow-moving process, but in its advanced stages, symptoms of prostate cancer can include:

    • Blood in urine
    • Issues in urinating
    • Discomfort in pelvic area
    • Pain in thighs, lower back, and hips
    • Decreased force in stream of urine
    • â??This particular company also has a test on the market for colon cancer. They have some interesting data that was developed here on kidney cancer and other companies are doing other sorts of things. There isnâ??t a clinical trial for this now so this test is commercially available now. And itâ??s available to any doctor, but itâ??s mostly for urologists. If a patient is interested in this they should go to the General Health. Com website and read about it, ask the urologist about it. If they decide that they want to do the test the urologistâ??s office will enter the order at the companyâ??s website. The company will contact the pathologist that has the biopsy slides and get that and then report back to the urologist. All they have to do is ask.â??