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Prostate Cancer

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A comprehensive guide for patients

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  • ISBN: 9781903378106
  • Authors:

    Jane Smith BSc (Hons) Medical Editor and Writer, Bristol, UK, Raj Persad ChM FRCS FRCS(Urol) FEBU Consultant Urological Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Bristol Urological Institute, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, Kieran Jefferson MA FRCS Specialist Registrar, Urology, Royal United Hospital, Bath, Biral Patel MB ChB MRCS Specialist Registrar in Urology, Torbay Hospital, Devon, UK

  • Date Published: November 2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Style: Softback

Book Description

Although prostate cancer is rare in men before the age of 40, it may be present in 20% of men by the age of 50 and in about 80% by the age of 80. However, in many cases it does not cause any symptoms and remains clinically undetected, with death occurring due to other, unrelated, causes. Most prostate cancers are quite slow growing, although in some men - for reasons that remain unclear - they can progress more rapidly. The causes of prostate cancer are not yet understood, but it is known to have an ethnic association. There is also evidence that it has a genetic basis - men with a first-degree relative with prostate cancer being at greater than normal risk of developing the disease. This book provides up-to-date, clear explanations of what is currently known about prostate cancer. It describes the treatments that are available, as well as the different types of complementary therapies, and discusses possible risk factors and the potential role of diet in the development of the disease.