Advanced Prostate Cancer Is Not A Death Sentence
Prostate cancer can be a scary and uncomfortable topic to talk about as it is the most common form of cancer found in men. African American men have the highest risk of developing prostate cancer with as many as 1 in 4 men diagnosed with the disease. Not only are African American men more likely to have prostate cancer but they are at a higher risk for the disease to progress to advanced stages.
Other risk factors for prostate cancer include men over the age of 65, men who have a history of prostate cancer in their family and men who smoke. Although advanced prostate cancer can have negative implications, research from doctors shows that with treatment and changes in diet and exercise men can live long, fulfilling lives despite their diagnosis.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer begins when the cells in the prostate gland (which is only found in men) start to grow uncontrollably. Advancement in prostate cancer occurs when the cells begin to spread past the prostate to other parts of the body including the bones, brain, liver, lungs and lymph nodes.