Mitt Romney, the former Republican Presidential Candidate, recently came forward to address the issue of the recent surgery that he had undergone. Mitt Romney had been diagnosed with prostate surgery just a month prior and was undergoing surgery for the same. Romney thankfully caught cancer in time and was able to seek medical aid before the prognosis got too bad. His surgery was performed by Dr. Ahlering, a surgeon operating at the UC Irvine Hospital, which is located in the state of California.
Statistics show that prostate cancer is more likely to emerge in cases where men are over the age of sixty. There is an extremely small fraction of cases wherein a man has reported prostate cancer before the age of forty. Romney was in the majority category since the politician is set to turn 71 this March.
Men who get diagnosed with prostate cancer usually have two decisions in front of them. The first one is going in for surgery to remove the tumor entirely, and the other is to get radiation done. The urologist who is overseeing your case is usually the person who can help the patient figure out which option is best suited to them and their needs.
Dr. David Samadi, notable urologists, stated that usually, he would recommend surgery to people who have been diagnosed with this kind of cancer. The reason surgery is recommended because it entirely removes the tumor, thereby preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body. People who choose to go in for radiation, on the other hand, stand the risk of not having cancer entirely removed from their body. Being exposed to high amounts of radiation can also be harmful to the body, which is why doctors mainly see that as the last resort only after they have ruled out every other course of treatment.
Dr. Samadi also explains that men who are exposed to a high amount of radiation are also more likely to develop a second kind of cancer. High radiation exposure is known to be one of the most significant contributors to the development of cancer cells within the body, which can lead to further harm. People who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer and who have had surgery have a higher survival rate than those who are diagnosed but choose to go in for other options like radiation, which might not be the best in every case.
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