SHIFNAL CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC

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Prostate Cancer

16/01/2017

One of the more common forms of cancer, prostate cancer affects one in eight men but is often symptom-free in the early stages.  Whilst I am not for one minute suggesting that I as a chiropractor can do anything about it, I just thought it might be helpful to put a few hints and tips up on this blog to explain a bit more about the disease, and hopefully also make it a bit clearer why some of the seemingly random questions I ask all patients when they first arrive at the clinic may have a more significant bearing on their problem than it first appears.

The good news is prostate cancer is in some ways one of the “better” ones to get.  More than 330,000 men are currently living with or have had this disease.  It is most common in men over the age of 50, and the risk increases with age.  It is also more likely in men who have a family history of prostate cancer, and it’s much more common in black men.

The prostate is normally a small gland that surrounds the urethra as it emerges from the bladder, and it is responsible for producing semen.  As you get older, it does tend to get larger and this can lead to problems such as frequently having to go to the toilet, or finding it difficult to pass urine despite feeling like you need to. 

One of the most common reasons men put off getting themselves checked for prostate cancer is embarrassment. They don’t feel comfortable talking to their GP about the problem.  This is natural, understandable…and totally unnecessary.  Believe me, I’m no GP but I’ve seen it all and heard it all before.  So if I’ve seen it and heard, you can guarantee a GP will have seen and heard it about 3 times already that morning!  Alright, that’s an arbitrary figure, but you get my drift.

So what should you be looking out for?  Here are some of the more common symptoms of a problem with your prostate – but remember, you may not have any symptoms at all, so it is worth getting a check anyway if you are over 60 and have other close members of the family who have had either breast cancer or prostate cancer.

  1. Pee.  If you are going to the toilet to pass urine more often than usual, especially at night, struggle to get going, take a long time to finish, have a weak flow or feel you’re not emptying your bladder, ask to see your GP

  2. Other signs. These include needing to rush to the toilet, leaking before you get there, or a continued dribbling after you’ve finished.  Pain after urination or ejaculation, or blood in your urine or semen, absolutely should be checked out.

These signs don’t necessarily mean you have cancer, but they definitely need checking out because you might! Even if it is not, it may still need treatment for whatever the cause of your symptoms is.  Diagnosis can be through a simple blood test, although sometimes a physical examination may be necessary.

But why on earth should you talk to your chiropractor about this? What business is it of mine…you just want to talk to me about the low back pain that’s gradually come on for no apparent reason! Well, while prostate cancer is manageable and many people go on to lead happy, normal lives with it, advanced prostate cancer can spread to other parts of the body.  One of the most common sites for it to spread to is bone – including the lumbar spine.  So, it’s quite important that I am able to rule out prostate issues and therefore the likelihood of bone metastases, both so I can be sure of my diagnosis of your complaint, and also so that I can refer you on to the relevant professional if I suspect anything is amiss.

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