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Robotic Surgery Specialist Clarifies about Prostate Cancer

Dr. David B. Samadi, Chief, Division of Robotics and Minimal Invasive Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has reported that the most frequently identified cancer is Prostate cancer and at present it is the second major reason of cancer deaths in the US.

On the occasion of the National prostate cancer awareness month, he persuades all men to get examined for this fatal disease. National Cancer Institute has found that, one in six American men will be identified with prostate cancer during their life time.

National Prostate Cancer Awareness is remembered during September and it was first announced by former President George W. Bush in 2002. As a part of this observance, President Barack Obama is considering illuminating the White House with blue color thereby imparting the profound significance of the awareness on this deadly disease. Likewise, for one week, many Hollywood buildings like Capitol Records Building, historic Roosevelt Hotel, Paramount Studio's Melrose Gate and Water Tower will also be glowing in blue, depicting the acknowledgement of the awareness. The New York Yankees paired with a prostate cancer charitable trust to offer free prostate diagnosis for those male spectators aged 40 and above. In addition to this, many hospitals will be providing free diagnosis for prostate cancer.

So far, Dr. David Samadi has successfully carried out more than 3000 robotic prostatectomy surgeries and he insisted that men aged 50 should take up annual Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests and digital rectal screening. He also suggested early diagnosis for prostate cancer in case of a positive family history. In addition, the facts provided by him related to prostate cancer and their diagnoses are given below:

The reason for prostate cancer is unknown and when compared to white men, African-American men are more susceptible to prostate cancer and Asian men are the least affected group

Age is a crucial factor for developing this cancer. It was reported that men aged above 65 years are more likely to be affected than men aged below 45 and the most vulnerable age reported is 75 years.

The chances of developing this cancer increases proportionally with body-weight especially men with higher levels of androgens and other hormones like IGF-1 are found to easily develop prostate cancer.

The indicatives of prostate cancer include blood in the urine or semen, recurrent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs, failure of bladder or bowel control and an engorged prostate gland which may or may not be the sign of cancer as the tumor development is so erratic.

Excessive intake of Vitamin A can potentially instigate risk which can be mitigated by consuming less fat and red meat. Diet should include more fruits, grains, vegetables and lycopene rich food.


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