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  • midlifelove 10:33 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer symptoms men ignore, , , , leukemia, lymph nodes, non Hodgkins lymphoma, top ten cancer symptoms, unexplained weight loss, urinary problems   

    Top Ten Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore 

    Recent research shows men who live with women have better health, because their “dearly beloved” nags them into going to the doctor when something is wrong. That’s the good news.

    The bad news is men are much more reluctant than women to front up and seek help when they sense bodily discomfort or early warning signs.

    And ignoring those early warning signs can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to detecting and treating cancer.

    Whether it is changes in your normal digestion, an undetected rise in PSA levels in the blood, or undiagnosed pain, it’s important to check out anything unusual and get regular checkups.

    The Most Common Warning Signs Nos 1 – 5:

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 1: Urinary Problems

    The most common cancer in men is prostate cancer, while cancer of the bladder is the fourth most common.

    Prostate cancer frequently does not produce any symptoms until the condition is quite advanced.  Often it is diagnosed incidentally after treatment is sought for problems with urinary function.
    Common symptoms include:

    • Decreased force of the urine stream
    • Pain and/or difficulty when passing urine.
    • Passing urine more frequently (especially at night).
    • Blood in the urine.
    • Inability to pass urine (this can occur as the cancer enlarges, blocking the urethra).

    Bladder cancer also causes urinary problems, namely:

    • Pain during urination
    • Frequent urination
    • Feeling the need to urinate without results.

    If you have some of these symptoms, there is no need to panic, as many of them are similar to those of benign (non-cancerous) prostate conditions.

    You do need to get yourself checked out though, to ensure your PSA levels are not too high, or that there is no other more serious underlying problem.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 2: Pain

    As they age, people often complain of more aches and pains. But pain, as vague as it may be, can be an early symptom of some cancers, although most pain complaints are not from cancer.

    Any pain that persists, according to the American Cancer Society, should be checked out by your physician. The doctor can take a careful history, get more details, and then decide whether further testing is necessary, and if so what kind.

    If it’s not cancer, you will still benefit from the visit. That’s because the doctor can work with you to find out what’s causing the pain and help you know what to do about it.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 3: Changes in the Lymph Nodes

    Several cancers, including the fifth most common in men, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, can be diagnosed by changes in lymph nodes.

    If you notice a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes under your armpit or in your neck — or anywhere else — it could be a reason for concern.

    Your doctor will examine you and figure out any associated issues that could explain the lymph node enlargement, such as infection. If there is no infection, a doctor will typically order a biopsy.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 4: Fever or Fatigue

    Several common cancers, including kidney cancer (seventh most common in men) and non Hodgkins lymphoma can be picked up by general signs like fever, sweats, and vague feelings of fatigue.

    Both fatigue and fever occur after the cancer has spread from its original site and invaded another part of the body.

    Both can also occur with leukemia, or with some colon or stomach cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

    It’s best not to ignore extreme tiredness or a fever that can’t be explained. Check with your doctor to find out what might be causing it and if anything needs to be done.

    Cancer Symptom in Men No. 5: Unexplained Weight Loss

    We’re not talking about a few pounds lost from a stepped up exercise program or to eating less because of a busy schedule. If a man loses more than 10% of his body weight in a short time period such as a matter of weeks, it’s time to see the doctor.

    Like fever and fatigue, it’s another vague symptom that can indicate all is not well. The sooner the source of the loss is identified, the better.

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  • midlifelove 10:24 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , clinical trials, enlarged prostate, irritable bladder, painful urination, , prostate gland, Quup Herbal supplement, , urinary problems   

    Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health 

    saw palmettoSaw palmetto is a remarkable herb becoming famous for its uses in hair restoration and prostate health, particularly for relieving urinary discomfort caused by an enlarged prostate (BPH).

    Saw Palmetto’s popularity has been on an extraordinary roller coaster ride throughout the 20th century. Widely used under the name “Serenoa” until World War II, it was then completely forgotten until its rediscovery in the 90’s.

    Now it’s being evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of BPH. If approved, it would become the first herbal product to be licensed by the agency as a treatment for a specific condition.

    Benefits for Enlarged Prostate

     

    There is much scientific documentation outlining the effectiveness of the herb in treating irritable bladder and urinary problems in men with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate gland.

    BPH results in a swelling of the prostate gland that obstructs the urethra. This causes painful urination, reduced urine flow, difficulty starting or stopping the flow, dribbling after urination and more frequent night time urination.

    In addition to causing pain and embarrassment, BPH can lead to serious kidney problems if undiagnosed and left untreated. It is a common problem in men over the age of 40. Estimates are that 50-60% of all men will develop BPH in their lifetimes.

    Saw Palmetto Clinical Trials

    Since the 1960s, extensive clinical studies of saw palmetto have been done in Europe. A review of 24 European trials appeared in the November 1998 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The trials involved nearly 3,000 men, some taking saw palmetto, others taking Proscar and a third group taking a placebo.

    The men taking saw palmetto had a 28% improvement in urinary tract symptoms, a 24% improvement in peak urine flow and 43% improvement in overall urine flow. The results were nearly comparable to the group taking Proscar and superior to the men taking a placebo.

    Saw palmetto does not reduce prostate enlargement. Instead, it is thought to work in a variety of ways. First, it inhibits the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). BPH is thought to be caused by an increase in testosterone to DHT. Secondly, saw palmetto is believed to interfere with the production of estrogen and progesterone, hormones associated with DHT production.

    In a controlled clinical trial with patients with enlarged prostate glands, 50 patients who received saw palmetto (320 mg per day – 4 tablets taken in two separate doses with meals) were compared to 44 patients receiving placebo. Patients treated with saw palmetto urinated less frequently, produced a better flow rate and amount of urine and had less pain and discomfort in urinating than control subjects. There were actually fewer adverse side effects in patients receiving saw palmetto than in controls.

    May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

    Men who have taken Saw Palmetto for the purpose of treating BPH, have reported a reduction in painful urination, as well as minimized sensations of a full bladder. Some researchers believe this may be accomplished due to an anti-inflammatory ability of the plant to restrain hormones, such as testosterone. Testosterone is thought to contribute to multiplication of prostate cells.

    There has also been speculation that the plant may play a vital role in protecting men against the development of prostate cancer. The plant is a popular treatment for BPH, due to the fact that it is typically much lower priced than other medications, tends to work much more quickly, and is less likely to cause reduced sexual drive and impotence.

    It is also used to strengthen the thyroid gland, balance the metabolism, stimulate appetite and aid digestion.

    Avoid If…
    No known medical conditions preclude the use of Saw Palmetto. However, because of the herb’s hormonal effects, caution is advisable if you have any form of cancer that’s stimulated by hormones.

    Special Cautions
    At recommended dosage levels, side effects are rare. A few stomach complaints have been reported.

    Possible Drug Interactions
    Check with your doctor if you are taking any hormonal medications or adrenergic drugs such as the asthma medications Alupent, Brethine, Proventil, and Ventolin. Your dosage may need adjustment.

    Saw Palmetto Herbal Supplement

    Quup Herbal supplement containing saw palmetto, lycopene from tomatoes, selenium and zinc is an excellent nutritional support for men’s prostate health. If your sleep is regularly interrupted by midnight trips to the bathroom, if you find you have an urge to urinate and then when you get there you can’t start the flow, saw palmetto in Quup is likely to be of benefit.  See the Quup website for more information and to order.

     
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