One of the most common types of cancer in men is prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death. This article will examine the role the prostate plays in men’s health, the symptoms and risk factors of this cancer, and whether CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, can play a role in treatment.
What Is The Prostate?
The prostate is an organ found only in males. It sits below the bladder with the urethra, the tube through which urine and semen flow out of the penis, running through it. In younger men, the prostate is around the size of a walnut, but the size can increase as you age.
What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer?
The Center for Disease Control lists several symptoms:
- Difficulty with urination
- Frequent urination
- A burning sensation during urination
- Blood in urine or semen
- Pain during ejaculation
- Lasting pain in back, hips, or pelvis
Advanced prostate cancer is likely to cause any or all of the above symptom but sometimes there are no symptoms at all during the early stages. This makes it essential to be screened for prostate cancer regularly.
What Are The Risk Factors That Could Lead to Prostate Cancer?
Several risk factors may increase your odds of having prostate cancer:
- Age – 6 in 10 prostate cancer cases occur in men older than 65
- Geography – Those diagnosed with prostate cancer tend to live in Australia, Caribbean islands. North America, and northwestern Europe,
- Race – African-American and Caribbean men of African descent are more likely to develop prostate cancer.
Some inherited gene mutations can also increase the likelihood of developing prostate cancer. For instance, those with Lynch syndrome are at an increased risk.
What Are The Benefits of Using CBD For Prostate Cancer?
The research appears to agree that, at the very least, more clinical trials should be conducted on CBD’s use in cancer treatments. This is because studies indicate that CBD may not only help fight tumor growth, it can help manage pain, which is both a symptom of cancer and a side effect of common cancer treatments.
It should be noted, though, that THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis that can cause a feeling of being “high,” is associated with testicular issues. This means that while CBD may help repair the body, THC may inhibit healing after prostate cancer. To better understand your risk of prostate cancer, make sure to see your doctor. They can set up cancer screenings, go over your risk factors, and help develop the best treatment options. If they recommend CBD as part of your treatment, they are also best suited to recommend a product with documented efficacy.