In the male, cancer that occurs in the prostate glands is known as prostate cancer. In humans, it is a small nut-shaped gland that produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. In men, the most common cause of cancer is prostate cancer. Normally, prostate cancer develops slowly and is initially restricted to the prostate, where it cannot cause serious damage. While some types of prostate cancer develop slowly and require little or no treatment and other types of prostate cancer are aggressive and can spread quickly. Prostate cancer, recognized early, if it remains limited to the prostate, is more likely to succeed in treatment.
The exact cause of prostate cancer is not found yet. However, prostate cancer develops in the same way as other types of cancers. It starts out as a mutation in the normal cells that start multiplying rapidly and accumulate in the form of a tumor. This tumor might stay localized in the prostate or move to other locations in the body and cause cancer there.
Risk factors of prostate cancer are:
With age, the risk of prostate cancer increases as well. This is due to the decrease in the levels of testosterone with age. There is a higher chance of mutation in the genes of men after the age of 50.
There has been no logical explanation for this, but Africans are found to be at a greater risk for developing prostate cancer.
If your family has a history of cancer, then there is an increased risk of cancer developing in your body too.
- Lifestyle (drinking, smoking, exercise, diet)