Understanding the Causes and Effects of Prostate Cancer

Prostrate cancer is an illness which has become very common among men. Many wonder the actual cause of it.

Below are some causes and effect of prostate cancer 


The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, but certain factors can increase the risk of developing the disease, including:

 • Age: Prostate cancer is more common in men over the age of 50.

 • Family history: A family history of prostate cancer increases the risk of developing the disease.

If any relative or a family member has ever contracted the disease, especially your father or brother, a caution must be taken not to be contracted also.

 • Race: Prostate cancer is more common in African American men than in men of other races.

This is unfortunate on the side of Africa men, research has proven that prostate cancer is very common in African men.

 • Genetics: Some inherited gene mutations can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.


Prostate cancer can have a range of effects depending on the stage of the disease and the treatment used. Some common effects of prostate cancer include:

 • Urinary problems: Prostate cancer can cause problems with urination, such as difficulty starting or stopping urination, a weak urine stream, or the need to urinate frequently.

 • Sexual problems: Treatment for prostate cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy, can cause sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction or a decrease in sex drive.

 • Bowel problems: In some cases, treatment for prostate cancer can cause bowel problems such as diarrhea or bowel urgency.

 • Emotional effects: Prostate cancer can cause emotional effects such as anxiety, depression, or stress.

 • Spread to other parts of the body: If prostate cancer is not detected and treated early, it can spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones, and cause pain or other symptoms.

It is important to note that not all prostate cancers are aggressive and require immediate treatment. Some prostate cancers grow slowly and may not require treatment right away, while others can be more aggressive and require prompt treatment. It is important for men to discuss the risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening and treatment options with their healthcare provider.

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