Debunking Some Prostate Cancer Myths
Prostate cancer is a common concern among men about to reach middle age, or about to pass such a crucial time in one's life. As one experiences more health problems, one becomes worried that those health problems are related to something much more dire and unpredictable. These worries are quite legitimate, but there is no need to let them run your life!
Reading up on prostate cancer never hurts, especially if it's to quell any fears that you may have it, or "catch" it. Bear in mind that as with every illness, especially serious ones, there is "talk on the street" about it that needs a little clarification.
1. Having experienced prostate disorders does not portend a predisposition for prostate cancer. Prostate enlargement (which is known by many names, such as benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or odular hyperplasia) is a common ailment among men in their advanced ages. This is not a life-threatening disease, and is not a precursor of some sort to cancer, or a worse disease. If left undetected and untreated, however, BEP/BPH may cause some health complications, as well as a great deal more discomfort. Early treatment is always best.
2. Prostate cancer is a disease for old men. As with breast cancer, this disease may seem to most often strike people of a specific age range, namely retirement age. But it is not true that only elderly men get prostate cancer. Men in their 30s may get prostate cancer as well. The risk runs especially high if you have a family history of this particular type of cancer.
3. Prostate cancer can be transmitted or relieved by sexual intercourse. Studies have not proven that cancer can be helped or passed on through sexual intercourse, therefore you cannot "catch" it or "cure" it by having more sex. There is no proof either that having more sex can prevent this form of cancer, although regular milking of the prostate - through sexual intercourse or other means - has proven to be helpful in preventing the onset of many less alarming types of prostate-related ailments.