Experts Point Out Risk Factors Triggering Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the United States after skin cancer, according to online sources. Cancer causes cells in the body to change and grow out of control. Most types of cancer form a lump or a growth called a tumor. If there is a cancerous tumor in the prostate, a man may not know it.It is known to be a very slow progressing disease. There are a number of men who have no knowledge that they have developed prostate cancer. However, in some men, it can grow quickly and spread to other parts of the body.

Researchers have yet to discover the causes of prostate cancer. It is not known exactly what causes prostate cancer, although a number of things can increase your risk of developing the condition. Found below are some of the risk factors that contribute to the development of prostate cancer:

Age: As men grow older, the risk of developing prostate cancer increases. Men aged 50 and above have more chances for prostate cancer.
Race: The risk of prostate cancer is high in African descent or African-Caucasian men compared to white American men. In black men, prostate cancer is also more likely to be aggressive or advanced. The reason behind this remains unknown.
Family History: A man whose brother or father had/had prostate cancer runs twice the risk of developing it, compared to other men. If you have more than one first degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer (at any age) your risk is about 4 times that of the general population.
Poor Diet: Men who eat large amounts of animal fat, particularly fats from red meat, may face a greater risk of prostate cancer than men who eat less animal fat.
Obesity: Research suggests there may be a link between obesity and prostate cancer.
Medication: The daily use of anti-inflammatory drug may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Men suffering sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, have higher chances of prostate cancer.
The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the more options that are available. Surgery, radiation therapy (either external beam or internal seed implants), hormone therapy or some combination of these are all commonly used. However, the robotic approach is becoming most common in the United States given that it is a minimally invasive application of advance technology.

The da Vinci surgical robotic system is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci surgical system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While robotic-assisted surgery is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. For a more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to the page on da Vinci lawsuit at

 The author works as an online medical researcher and journalist. One of the major subjects that the author is currently working on is the safety issues on robotic surgery systems, such as the da Vinci robotic system.

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