Finding out you have prostate cancer can be devastating news and you may feel lost and confused. While extremely serious, prostate cancer, like most other cancers, is curable. Like every other disease out there, there are a number of prevalent myths and misconceptions.
To help cut through some of the internet clutter, here are 15 of the most common misconceptions about prostate cancer (source: UrologyWeb.com website):
1. Prostate cancer always has urinary symptoms:
It’s common to think that if a patient does not experience urinary symptoms, then it’s not prostate cancer. This is a myth since prostate cancer causes many different symptoms. In fact, given how widespread the 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. Prostate cancer can be transmitted to sexual partners:
Some patients may be concerned that they can pass cancer through sex–but this is a myth! Cancer occurs when cells in the body grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. No type of cancer can be sexually transmitted.