Prostate Cancer Myths: 21 Common Misconceptions

1. Prostate Cancer Always has Urinary Symptoms It is common to think that if a patient does not experience urinary symptoms, then it is not prostate cancer. This is, however, a myth since prostate cancer causes many different symptoms. In fact, given how widespread prostatic specific antigen (PSA) examination is, most men are diagnosed in early stages of the disease, during which there aren't yet any urinary symptoms. 2. Frequent Sex and Ejaculation Improve the Prostate's Health There are many risk factors for prostate cancer and many lifestyle alterations that can help improve the health of the prostate. But frequent sex or ejaculation has never been scientifically proven to lower the risk of prostate cancer or improve the prostate's health, as stated by the Florida Urological Associates. 3. Supplements or Diet Can Assuredly Prevent Prostate Cancer While a healthy diet and determined dietary supplements are thought to contribute towards the health of the prostate, these do not fully prevent prostate cancer. Patients should discuss with their family practitioner about the benefits of supplements and a healthy diet instead of buying any product available. 4. Prostate Cancer Can Be Transmitted to the Spouse Some patients may be concerned that they can pass cancer to their spouse through sex. But this is a myth since cancer occurs when cells in the body grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. No type of cancer can be sexually transmitted. 5. A Big Prostate, High PSA Levels or a Vasectomy Increase the Probability of Prostate Cancer There is no scientific evidence that supports the idea that having a bigger prostate or having higher PSA levels is always correlated to the development of prostate cancer. Similarly, men who undergo a vasectomy are not more
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