Day: July 31, 2020

How Prostate Cancer Is Treated

How Prostate Cancer Is Treated

The treatment options for prostate cancer can vary based on many factors, including the aggressiveness of the tumor, the stage of the disease, personal preferences, and more. Curative options may include surgery or radiation therapy. With less aggressive tumors, watchful waiting (active surveillance) with treatment begun only if the cancer progresses may be an option. There are also a number of di... »

Causes and Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer

Causes and Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer begins when a series of gene mutations in a prostate cell’s DNA cause the cell to grow and divide in an out-of-control fashion.1 The exact cause(s) have yet to be determined, but it’s thought that most prostate cancers develop due to a combination of factors that work together. Known risk factors for the disease include age, race, and geographical location. Researchers ... »

What Is Prostate Cancer?

What Is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is actually a wide spectrum of diseases, with some tumors being aggressive and others that act more benign. What causes it is uncertain, though there are known risk factors, such as age. Urination issues are symptoms most associated with the disease, though most cases are first suspected because of screening tests, suc... »

How Oral Cancer Is Treated

How Oral Cancer Is Treated

The best treatment options for oral cancer depend on many factors, including the location of the tumor, the stage of the disease, and general health. Unlike many cancers, the mainstay of therapy can be surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, and both chemotherapy and radiation may be used with a curative approach. When surgery is used, it is not always the first step. Chemotherapy (with radia... »

What Is Oral Cancer?

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a type of  that develops when abnormal cells within the lining of the cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth, tongue, or lips grow uncontrollably. Often times, oropharyngeal cancer—that affects the soft palate, side and back walls of the throat, back third of the tongue, and —is lumped under this term, too. Tobacco and alcohol use are the major risk factors for the disease, but there are o... »