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Overview

Prostate cancer is a relatively common cancer that affects only males. It involves the abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland, which sits between the penis and the bladder. An estimated 1 in 9 males will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis at some point in their life.

The prostate serves various functions including:

  • Production of the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm cells
  • Secreting the protein that helps semen retain its liquid state
  • Aiding in urine control

When caught early, prostate cancer can be removed with little complication. However, if left untreated, cancer in the prostate can lead to fertility issues, and the cancer cells may spread to other tissues in the body.

Causes

Prostate cancer does not have a clear, direct cause, but certain factors may increase the risk of developing it. Risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Smoking

Symptoms

There are often no symptoms during early-stage prostate cancer, so screening tests are integral to early diagnosis. Males who do experience symptoms in their early stages may notice:

  • Challenges with urination
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Painful urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Pain or discomfort when sitting

Treatment

At UNIFONTIS, we treat prostate cancer through all stages using a combination of vaccine therapy, hyperthermia, and aspirin infusion. Our integrative approach allows us to utilize a variety of innovative treatment options to give our patients their best fighting chance against cancer.

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