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Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancer types that impacts a man’s prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland found in men, and it's responsible for producing seminal fluid that helps nourish and transport the sperms. It also secretes prostate-specific antigen, a specific protein which ensures that semen stays in its liquid form and also aids urine control.
Most prostate cancers grow slowly and stay confined to the gland itself, thus causing little to no serious harm. Other cancer types are a bit more aggressive and can spread in no time. So, if it's detected in the early stages while the cancer is still in the gland, it can get treated successfully.
In its early stages, prostate cancer hardly indicates any warning signs. When it gets more advanced, though, it shows the following alarming symptoms:
Now, there is no known cause for prostate cancer. It arises when there are DNA changes in the prostate cells. Usually, the DNA present in cells instructs it to perform the generic function. But, when this DNA changes, it causes the cells to double up and divide themselves more than usual. These abnormal cells continue to thrive while the normal cells die.
The accumulation of abnormal cells creates a tumour which invades whatever nearby tissue is present. Slowly, these cells break away and metastasise or spread to other body parts.
The following individuals are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer:
If you belong to any of these categories and observe any symptoms of prostate cancer, reach out to your healthcare provider. Your doctor will likely run an acid phosphate total or ACP test.
Acid phosphate is an enzyme primarily found in the body, especially in men's prostate glands. This enzyme is found 100 times more in volume in the prostate than in any other body part.
So, when prostate cancer happens, the acid phosphate levels also simultaneously increase in number.
Hence, getting an ACP test will help:
The earlier you get tested, the quicker your treatment will begin. It amps up the chance for fruitful treatment. Otherwise, if left untreated, prostate cancer can lead to many health complications like:
So, book your ACP test at Apollo 24|7 today. It's quick, convenient and affordable, and you will receive the results within five days!
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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results