Prostate Cancer and Etiology

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

Whether you are looking for prostate cancer and etiology or the etiology of prostatectomy, this article will prove pretty helpful. Even those who are looking for how to define etiology of prostatectomy will find this article helpful.

You see, etiology simply refers to the cause of a disease or the philosophical study of the causation of a disease. In this case, the cause of prostate cancer or the philosophical study of the causation. The fact remains that they don’t really know it, the doctors that is; they have more than just a clue but they don’t know the exact causes of prostate cancer, which is why they are sometimes still baffled by some of the ways in which the disease presents itself.

However, they are very aware also of the risk factors that contribute some kind of causal effect to the disease. These factors are age, genetics, race, diet, lifestyle, medications, and a number of others that may vary from place to place, incidence to incidence.

So even though the exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, prostate cancer etiology provides an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells, and a relationship between that growth and the male hormones in the body. These male hormones (androgens), the most prevalent of which is testosterone, have been found to contribute to the progression of the disease such that when they are removed, the disease usually stops progression and starts to regress or shrink. But as long as nothing gets in the way of the cancer, the abnormal cells proceed to form a malignant or cancerous tumor.

Prostate cancer cells may stay in the prostate for as long as five to ten years if mild, or as short as one to three years if aggressive, but as long as it is not a benign tumor and the patient is still alive, the cancers are almost certain to begin to spread or metastasize to other organs, regions, and locations of the body. This is what happens when cancer cells break away from the main cancerous tumor and begin to move through the bloodstream and lymphatic system. Trust me, it is never a wonderful thing to happen because it merely complicates treatments to the end that the disease is often no longer curable.

Again it is not clear why some people are more prone to prostate cancer and why some are not, but genetics most certainly plays a role, as do age and race. For some reason, there are more black men with prostate cancer than there are white men Hispanics, or Asians with the condition in the United States. Incidentally, prostate cancer barely even exists on the African continent, which would suggest that there is something about the environment that contributes to prostate cancer risk, which might suggest a dietary factor. Or is it that the Africans haven’t really noticed it as being responsible for the deaths of their aged male population? I wonder.

It is a well documented fact that the immunity in the body is lowered with the coming of age (old age, that is), so that would perhaps explain why young folks hardly get prostate cancer and old folks hardly miss it. About 65% of all prostate cancer cases in the United States are in men older than 65 years of age, with the incidence constantly rising with age. That’s why lots of people can’t talk about prostate cancer etiology without talking about age as one of the most important risk factors.

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