Prostate cancer is a disease in which the cells of the prostate become abnormal. They start to grow uncontrollably, forming tumors. A tumor is a mass or lump of tissue made of abnormal cells. Tumors may be malignant or benign. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors cannot spread to other parts of the body. As cancerous cells grow and spread, they can damage or interfere with the function of organs in the body, causing a variety of symptoms. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, making this by far the most common cancer among men. More than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over 65.
How Chiropractic Care Relates to Prostate Cancer
Chiropractic care works by locating and correcting subluxations (spinal misalignments), which cause interference to the proper functioning of the nervous system. Subluxations are problem areas of the spine that affect the entire nervous system. In these problem areas the spinal bones are misaligned or have lost their normal range of movement. This can irritate or put pressure on local nerves, which may interfere with the communication between your brain and body. Chiropractic adjustments work to remove the interference to the sensory nerve fibres.
The nervous system controls and coordinates all the different functions of your body including your reproductive system. Any disruption in nerve communication to your organs and body tissues will result in abnormal function. The nerve roots serving the reproductive organs exit the spine in the lower lumbar region, the most common site of back pain and spinal dysfunction. Chiropractors help restore normal nerve function and communication, thereby allowing your body to work normally and naturally. Safe, non-invasive chiropractic care may assist with improving the rest of your overall health, body mechanics and energy levels.
The chiropractor does not treat prostate cancer directly, but rather corrects the spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations). Without spinal nerve stress, the body functions better. Chiropractors also educate patients to a healthy cancer preventing lifestyle. Good nutrition, the proper utilization or nutritional supplements, and the avoidance of cancer producing foods, exposures, and behaviors may assist in preventing cancer.
Consider discussing with your medical health provider the 'pro's and con's' keeping your prostate
(even if it's cancerous?). Before making a decision to have the prostate
removed, one should consider two research papers that confirmed what
has been mentioned in other medical journals; that men with prostate
cancer who have surgery don't live any longer than men who have
prostate cancer who choose not to have surgery.
In these studies 695 men with prostate cancer were divided into two groups: one had their prostates removed (radical prostatectomy) and the other didn't. "Watchful waiting," the MDs called it. The men were watched for 6.2 years. The result? No difference in death rates. But there's more - 80% of the men in the surgery group became impotent, compared to 45% in the non-surgical group. About 50% of the surgical group was incontinent compared with 21% in the no-surgery group.