The Prostate Foundation

Active Spark and Audio Visual Services would like to take a moment of your time.

We want to bring awareness of prostate to all grand fathers, fathers, brothers, uncles, or any man you may know. At Active Spark and Audio Visual Services we have teamed up with The Prostate Foundation to help fight and prevent this disease.

Definition

Prostate cancer is a disease in which cells in the prostate gland become abnormal and start to grow uncontrollably, forming tumors.

Description

Prostate cancer is a malignancy of one of the major male sex glands. Along with the testicles and the seminal vesicles, the prostate secretes the fluid that makes up semen. The prostate is about the size of a walnut and lies just behind the urinary bladder. A tumor in the prostate interferes with proper control of the bladder and normal sexual functioning. Often the first symptom of prostate cancer is difficulty in urinating. However, because a very common, non-cancerous condition of the prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also causes the same problem, difficulty in urination is not necessarily due to cancer.

Cancerous cells within the prostate itself are generally not deadly on their own. However, as the tumor grows, some of the cells break off and spread to other parts of the body through the lymph or the blood, a process known as metastasis. The most common sites for prostate cancer to metastasize are the seminal vesicles, the lymph nodes, the lungs, and various bones around the hips and the pelvic region. The effects of these new tumors are what can cause death.

As of the early 2000s, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy among adult males in Western countries. Although prostate cancer is often very slow growing, it can be aggressive, especially in younger men. Given its slow growing nature, many men with the disease die of other causes rather than from the cancer itself.

Prostate cancer affects African-American men twice as often as white men; the mortality rate among African-Americans is also two times higher. African-Americans have the highest rate of prostate cancer of any world population group.

Causes and symptoms

The precise cause of prostate cancer is not known as of the early 2000s. However, there are several known risk factors for disease including age over 55, African-American heritage, a family history of the disease, occupational exposure to cadmium or rubber, and a high fat diet. Men with high plasma testosterone levels may also have an increased risk for developing prostate cancer.

Frequently, prostate cancer has no symptoms and the disease is diagnosed when the patient goes for a routine screening examination. However, when the tumor is big or the cancer has spread to the nearby tissues, the following symptoms may be seen:

  • Weak Or Interrupted Flow Of The Urine
  • Frequent Urination (Especially At Night)
  • Difficulty Starting Urination
  • Inability To Urinate
  • Pain Or Burning Sensation When Urinating
  • Blood In The Urine
  • Persistent Pain In Lower Back, Hips, Or Thighs (Bone Pain)
  • Painful Ejaculation

Diagnosis

Prostate cancer is curable when detected early. Yet the early stages of prostate cancer are often asymptomatic, so the disease often goes undetected until the patient has a routine physical examination. Diagnosis of prostate cancer can be made using some or all of the following tests.

We want to come together and walk for the cause. Help us to donate to educate people and beat this disease. We need to educate the community about early detection. The walk will bring us all one step closer to fight the disease. Lets tell all our friends and family to get behind this great cause.

All you need to do is: Look out for the information in the coming weeks on our website and facebook page to register, donate and be a part of this life saving cause. Fill in your details to be part of the walk.

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