Anatomy of a Prostate Cancer Cell
Today, a view from my clinic. Let’s focus on the anatomy of a prostate cancer cell.
Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and affects 3.6 million men in the United States? If a man lives long enough, they will almost certainly develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
The normal cycle of healthy cells is to mature, divide, then die. About 30 trillion cells make up your body, and some of them malfunction, but under normal circumstances, there are guardrails where your body rids itself of such aberrant cells.
How do cancer cells behave differently than normal cells?
Unlike normal cells, cancer cells divide uncontrollably and don’t die. Cancer cells ignore the cues for programmed cell death or apoptosis and continue to live and replicate. Many cancer cells divide more rapidly than normal cells, making it hard for them to be caught and eliminated by the body. Lastly, cancer cells spread and find a home in other tissues, unlike normal cells, which stay in place. For example, under normal circumstances, you would never find lung cells in the prostate or vice versa. Cancer cells can begin in one part of the body and spread far distant than its starting point.
What causes prostate cancer cells to form?
Certain factors increase the risk of prostate cancer
development, including inherited genes, in particular any paternal family history of prostate cancer. So does exposure to environmental chemicals found in plastics and byproducts from cooking meat from animals at high heat. In addition, excess body fat increases the risk of more severe prostate cancer by up to 40%.
How can you prevent prostate cancer development and progression?
You can’t choose your parents or the genes handed off to you, but you can alter those genes and keep them well-behaved to avoid cancer cell development and progression. The XY Wellness Roadmap includes diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and targeted nutraceutical supplements to help you thrive despite prostate cancer or associated medical treatments.
My Closing Thoughts
Prostate cancer is unfortunately common, but fortunately it is frequently treatable. It can even be a new beginning for you to live better despite it, so please take full advantage of this opportunity to become fitter and healthier so that you can continue to enjoy quality time with those you love. Let us know how we can help you.
Dr. Geo, Co-founder & Medical Director