Prostate Cancer Awareness: Know the facts!Posted on: 17 November 2011 by Mark O'haire
Dr Harald Gaier discusses prostate cancer - a disease that kills one man every hour in the UK.
From having to rush to the toilet to pass urine, to having difficulty and pain when urinating, prostate cancer is a serious issue but one that many men prefer to sweep under the carpet. I want to get people talking about the condition and help reduce the number of deaths caused by this disease, through earlier diagnosis and the use of natural medicine.
- 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer
- 8 out of 10 sufferers are over 65
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in elderly men
In my mind, one of the reasons prostate cancer often goes undetected for too long is down to the lengthy conventional diagnostic process and the subsequent treatment offered to patients.
The diagnosis used by GPs can be quite intrusive and the most common treatment of the disease is through surgery or radiotherapy – these can be seen as scary options - and in more advanced cases hormone analogues are used, and, in some cases, these have been known to worsen the disease. Really it's no wonder that a huge proportion of men who fear they may have prostate cancer prefer to keep quiet about it. Fortunately there is another way...
However much the thought of tests worries you, there really is no point in fretting unnecessarily as even if you don't have cancer the stress that this worry causes can make you ill in other ways. So, the first step has to be to take the test to identify the disease – for many this is a huge challenge and conventional medicine does not make it an appealing one.
Traditionally there would first be a digital rectal examination, which is usually followed by a blood test that checks the level of a protein called prostate-specific antigen. This is, unfortunately, not very reliable: on average, it produces 35% false negatives. The diagnostic procedure will then move on to the ultra-sound scan and then on to measuring the urine flow and pressure and in many cases the overall diagnosis could take up to a year. This is not my way.
The Dr Gaier Way
I work to encourage men of all ages to get checked out. I have developed the One-Stop Prostate Assessment, with no invasive procedure, no pain, no radiation, and no extensive waiting time. It helps in the earliest detection of prostate cancer. This diagnostic method means clients can get answers about their symptoms within 1 hour versus potentially 1 year via the more traditional route and this also saves on months of stress from worrying about the results.
If clients are then diagnosed as having cancer, this is where our additional support comes in. I'm a big fan of helping clients to fight the disease through natural medicine and lifestyle changes and the impact of this must really not be underestimated.
Research suggests that a change in diet could help in the reduction of the cancer – so surely this is something to be explored? A change in lifestyle can reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer, from stopping smoking, to reducing the amount of alcohol intake and doing regular exercise.
I work with my patients to combat their cancer through a change in diet and introduction of medicinal herbs of proven effectiveness and nutritional supplements as well as antioxidants that are effective in slowing the cancer’s growth.
Detecting prostate cancer
If you're concerned about yourself, or a loved one, here are some symptoms to look out for. Any, or all, of the following ten symptoms may be present, although likewise none of these may show up. If they do though it could be a tell-tale sign that it's worth getting checked out to put your mind at rest.
- Painful or burning urination
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Erectile problems
- Stiffness or aches in the hips, low back or thighs
- Weak or interrupted urine flow
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Difficulty in holding back urine
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Inability to urinate
These symptoms are not specific to prostate cancer alone and amongst other things, infections may cause them too like Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, and Ureaplasma. The good news is that any of these can be excluded by blood tests so it's worth getting checked over. It's also worth being aware that the last five symptoms (6 - 10) are also found in benign enlargement of the prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH.
We're not advising that you try and self-diagnose if you've got symptoms, rather that you are aware of them, so can seek help if need be. If you would like more information about prostate cancer visit my website www.drgaier.com. Throughout March I will also be tweeting my advice and tips on www.twitter.com/DrGaier - feel free to join in!
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer remember that you are not alone, other people have gone through this experience and it can help a great deal to talk about it. Whatever your circumstances there is always a benefit to understanding the power of natural medicine and how this can play a part in reducing the fatalities of this disease.
About Dr Harald Gaier
As a naturopathic physician based on Harley Street, Harald Gaier has nearly four decades of clinical experience and writes for several of today's leading alternative medicine publications. Austrian-born, he has a heritage in medicine but his passion has always been in using science and nature to inform natural practices and solve medical dilemmas.
Harald Gaier is fully registered in the UK in all the major alternative medical disciplines including Osteopathy, Homoeopathy, Acupuncture, Naturopathy and Herbal medicine. Using natural remedies to cure almost any medical condition he is an expert in Prostate Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Menopause, Insomnia and various lifestyle issues.
"Growing old is compulsory, but staying healthy is optional.”
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