Safety Factors for Prostate Cancer as Radiology Diagnostics Improve
Written by Teresa on September 15, 2016Posted In: Info
When thinking about medical advancements, we often bring to mind large technological innovations in medical equipment. In 2016, though, sometimes it's better to think small rather than big; maybe even microscopic. That's the scale we'll need to consider when thinking about new radiotracers used to diagnose prostate cancers.
These various tracers are injectable and bind to cancerous regions on the prostate. When viewed through diagnostic imaging procedures like PET, these radiotracers light up like fireworks, showing physicians the exact site and scale of prostate cancer. This leads the way for much more focused therapy. While a perfect treatment course for prostate cancer has yet to be developed, these innovative diagnostic aids are a tremendous step forward.
Prostate Cancer - Incidence and Risk Factors
Prostate cancer occurs during the lifetime of one in seven men.
One in 39 men dies of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second-most frequent cause of death in men, and is the most common non-skin cancer.
Black men have higher rates of prostate cancer than white men. Latino and Asian men have less prostate cancer than white men.
Prostate cancers are infrequent in men under the age of 40, but incidence shoots up in men over the age of 50.
60% of all prostate cancers occur in men over the age of 65.
Prostate cancer often runs in families. Sons of fathers with prostate cancer are more likely to develop the disease than other men. If a man's brother develops prostate cancer, he is even more likely to develop the disease himself. Men with multiple family members with prostate cancer are the most likely to develop the disease.
Additional risks exist, but it's not always known how much any one factor will increase a patient's chances of developing prostate cancer. These risks include: poor diet, obesity, smoking, chemical exposure, inflammation of the prostate, STDs, and vasectomy.
Old Knowledge and New Innovations for Best Diagnostics
It is important for radiographic technologists and other physicians in the field to understand the risk factors associated with prostate cancer. This knowledge can be used to help healthcare providers identify patients with the greatest risk, whether or not they are currently planning to get checked for prostate cancer.
When radiology professionals understand the risks, they are in the perfect position to recommend diagnostics to patients, explaining all the advantages of getting checked early, before symptoms present themselves.
The new generation of prostate cancer diagnostic radiotracers offer a lot of hope to men who may one day suffer from prostate cancer. While not yet clinically available, modern radiotracers will surely be the next important step in prostate cancer diagnostics. Techno-Aide is excited to see each development in diagnostic imaging. Any work that can be done to maximize diagnostic precision, while minimizing radiation exposure, is of the greatest possible benefit to patients and the physicians who work with them. Techno-Aide will continue to report on these industry developments, and adjust our catalogue of products and radiology accessories to the needs of the changing market.