A study published in 2013 found that men with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil in their blood had a 44 percent overall higher risk for prostate cancer, according to MedlinePlus. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.Know More
The study involved a large, randomized and controlled trial that assessed the impact of particular vitamins and supplements on the group's chances of developing prostate cancer. The alarming results showed that men with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were at a 71 percent heightened risk for developing a form of aggressive prostate cancer and a 43 percent higher risk for slower-growing prostate cancer overall, according to MedlinePlus.
The study included 35,500 men and was funded in part by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Cancer Institute. The authors of the study were not able to discern if the increased incidence of prostate cancer was derived from eating herring, salmon and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids or from taking fish oil supplements, according to MedlinePlus. Still, the study's authors claim that their results suggest that the level of fish oil in the blood seemed to indicate that prostate cancer risks were greatly increased.Learn more about Cancer
Stage IV prostate cancer means that the original cancer has spread to other locations within the body, states Texas Oncology. Stage IV prostate cancer is classified as D1 or D2 prostate cancer depending on where the cancer has spread within the body. D1 prostate cancer is localized, and has spread to adjacent organs or lymph nodes.Full Answer >
Radical prostatectomy is a prostate removal surgery that may cure prostate cancer in men if the cancer is contained within the prostate, according to WebMD. The procedure removes the gland tissues surrounding the prostate as well.Full Answer >
Symptoms of prostate cancer include trouble urinating, decreased strength in the urine stream, blood in the urine or semen, general pain in the back and lower body, including the pelvic region, bone pain and erectile dysfunction, according to the Mayo Clinic. WebMD also lists the leaking of urine when laughing or coughing and the inability to urinate while standing up as additional symptoms.Full Answer >
The key considerations for preventing prostate cancer are getting enough exercise and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. There is also some evidence to suggest that regular ejaculation (more than five times a week) can help to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 34 percent. It is thought to help in this regard by flushing out the carcinogenic substances that exist in semen.Full Answer >