Prostate Cancer exclusively affects men and is considered one of the leading cancers in India. You may have heard of numerous myths and misconceptions related to this cancer. We all need to push these myths aside and face the facts. We requested Dr Peush Bajpai from Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka, to give us some time and clear these common misunderstanding.
Dr Peush Bajpai is a consultant medical oncologist at Manipal Hospitals Dwarka, New Delhi. His core interest is in breast cancer, prostate cancer, med-oncology malignancies, and genitourinary cancers.
Common Misconceptions About Prostate Cancer
Myth 1. Only elderly men get prostate cancer.
Fact: This is correct up to some extent. I would say that elderly men are more prone to prostate cancer. But then, saying that only elderly men get prostate cancer is not true. We have seen many middle-age patients suffering from the disease. Not only in our country but usually, in the African world, you will find a lot of men who get prostate cancer at an early age.
Also, if there is a family history of prostate cancer, breast cancer or ovarian cancer, the younger members of the family may suffer from prostate cancer. It could start at the age of fifty.
Myth 2. Surgery for prostate cancer can cause issues like erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence.
Fact: It depends on the type of surgery taken into account. But, modern surgeries such as robotic prostatectomy, reduces the chances of these two complications, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. But if they are transient, then they recover over a while.
Myth 3. If a man undergoes a vasectomy, he is certain to develop prostate cancer.
Fact: There is no evidence to state that if a man is undergoing vasectomy there would be chances of developing prostate cancer. Vasectomy has been accepted worldwide as a way of sterilization fon men and does not lead to this sort of situation.
Myth 4. A high level of PSA test confirms the presence of cancer.
Fact: A high level of PSA test could be negative. But again, as I mentioned, PSA could still be high and that you might not have prostate cancer. It could just be a prostate infection. You must interpret this test, not with google but must discuss it with your doctor. Your doctor would consider the whole scenario by conducting a urine test and a digital rectal examination, which is important and accompanied by a PSA test.
Myth 5. Some prostate cancers are benign.
Fact: Indeed, all prostate cancers are not the only cause of death for men. If an individual is diagnosed with prostate cancer, it doesn’t need to be the cause of a terminal event in his life. So there are certain subsets of prostate cancers which are very slow-growing and do not harm individuals through their life.
This is majorly decided based on Gleason grade. If the Gleason score is low, the prostate cancer is slow-growing. Also, if the PSA levels are low, the prostate cancer is slow-growing. So, I would not say that all prostate cancers are benign.
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This write-up was contributed to Credihealth by Dr. Peush Bajpai.
About The Doctor
Dr Peush Bajpai is one of the finest medical oncologists. He is a senior consultant – medical oncology at Manipal Hospital, Dwarka. He has an experience of 12 years in this field. Earlier he was working as a senior consultant – medical oncology at Max Hospital and BLK Super Speciality Hospital.
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