8 Prostate Cancer Myths

Although prostate cancer is a disease we hear about a lot, there are still many misconceptions about it. To help you demystify the disease we've put together a list of eight prostate cancer myths you usually know about. (source: Prostate Cancer Foundation website): 1. Prostate cancer only affects old men: A lot of people seem to believe that only elderly men get prostate cancer. That's completely wrong, though it is true that the older you are, the more chance you have of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.  However, you can get prostate cancer even at a younger age. 2. I don't have any prostate cancer symptoms, so I can't have it: Incorrect. This is a type of cancer which typically has fewer symptoms, which means not all men will experience symptoms. Since this is a disease which can affect men differently, according to its symptoms, the diagnosis is usually made when your doctor detects some irregularity when you go for a normal appointment for a check-up. Check out some prostate cancer symptoms here. 3. I'm not worried about prostate cancer because it's a slow growing cancer: There have been 25 different types of prostate cancer discovered by PCF-supported researchers. So while it is true that prostate cancer may be a slow growing cancer, this is not 100% correct, because it can depend on the type of cancer you have been diagnosed with. Always check with your doctor and make sure you have proper treatment for the type of prostate cancer you've developed. 4. Prostate cancer doesn’t run in my family, so I don't have to worry: One of the prostate cancer risk factors is genetics and family history, that's right. If you have a male in your family - for example, a brother, father or even cousin - who had prostate cancer, your chances of
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