Determining Whether Prostatitis Leads to Cancer Still A Challenge
For many decades medics, researchers, and other people have always believed that prostatitis can influence the growth of cancer of the prostate in men. However, despite the many theories and reports, there are no findings that clearly indicate this. And due to lack of evidence many men who think that the two issues are not related are not paying attention to prostatitis.
There has always been confusion between prostatitis and prostate cancer simply because the two diseases affect an organ found in the male reproductive system known as the prostate. This gland is charged with producing and storing the fluid that feeds and support sperm and accounts for a third of the total volume of fluid produced during ejaculation after reaching climax.
Prostatitis not to be confused with prostate disease occurs when the prostate gland gets inflamed and is symptoms include irritation, soreness, and can at times be painful. Unlike prostate cancer which mainly affects older men, prostatitis affects men of all ages both young as well as old, and according to reports one out of every six will experience this condition at some point in their life.
The rising cases of prostate cancer have many men worried about prostatitis and desire to know whether it may lead to cancer of the prostate. Statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that this male cancer comes second to lung cancer when it comes to deaths caused by cancer in men. Cancer cases have been rising fast in recent years and the American Cancer Society indicates that 2.8 million men in America have it while about 180,000 new cases reported by end of 2016.
In a recent study undertaken by a team of researchers from the Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, men who developed prostate cancer after having prostatitis cancer was very low. This study mainly focused on individuals who had clinical chronic prostatitis which is considered more chronic.
According to Dr. David Samadi and other researchers, determining whether prostatitis influences or will lead to cancer of the prostate is a major challenge since prostatitis is clinically and biologically heterogeneous. This makes it hard to measure and test the effects and factors that promote carcinogenesis as well as how the inflammation spreads.
Though not as risky as prostate cancer more studies need to be done on prostatitis as this will help bring the debate on whether prostatitis causes prostate cancer or not.