Why does this man have a bad case of prostate cancer?
Posted February 15, 2019 02:24:58In late March, a man in southern Manitoba developed a high fever and sore throat that doctors believe may be related to the growth of prostate tumours in his lower abdomen.
Dr. Andrew Pritchard, the head of the local Cancer Control Centre, says the symptoms are similar to those of men who have had a prostatectomy.
He says there is a high risk of recurrence, particularly in younger men, who are more likely to have an increased risk of prostate cancers.
“You know, there’s been a very significant increase in prostate cancer in the province of Manitoba,” said Pritcher.
“And I think the concern is, is this an aberrant case that’s going to be forgotten?”
He said it could also be due to increased exposure to chemicals that could make the cells in his body more resistant to the drugs that are normally used to treat them.
“I think it’s going really well,” he said.
“We are in the midst of an environmental and cultural shift.
People are starting to use more organic products, like herbs and spices, so I think this is just another sign that people are starting a new life.”
The man’s symptoms are not consistent with a common condition known as an anterior median fracture.
“There’s not a lot of clear information about it in the literature,” said Dr. Michael Reuter, the medical director of the Centre for Cancer Control in Winnipeg.
He said he is worried about the long-term effects of a high-risk group of men.
“The main thing I can tell you is that we’ve seen a lot more cases in this group,” said Reuter.
“It’s not uncommon for them to have other conditions as well.”
What you need to know about prostate cancer:Possible symptomsSymptoms of an anterior Median Fracture include fever, chills, headache, and vomiting.
Pritchard said it is important to get tested for prostate cancer before it becomes a problem.
“When you have a high infection rate, we would definitely recommend that you get tested,” he explained.
“If it’s a low infection rate we would recommend that they get tested before they start to get symptoms.”
If the symptoms of the problem do not go away, it may take months to find the right treatment.
Reuter said the risks of prostate surgery increase with the type of surgery.
“In the general population, if you’re an early-stage prostatectomist, there are a lot fewer risks involved in doing a prostate procedure,” he added.
“So if you are an early stage surgeon, the risks are lower and the benefits are higher.”
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