Prostate Cancer

prostatecancerProstate cancer is a cancer found in a man’s prostate, which is the gland used to produce seminal fluid. Prostate cancer is usually slow growing and often remains in the prostate. However, there are some forms of prostate cancer that are more aggressive and early detection can greatly increase survival rates. Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. Around 1 out of 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths among men. (Lung cancer is number one.)

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Early stages of prostate cancer often have no symptoms. The presence of symptoms does not necessarily mean prostate cancer has developed, because they could be due to other healthcare conditions. Consult your healthcare provider if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty with urination – slow or weak stream or need to urinate more often
  • Blood in the urine
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Pain in the hips, back, or chest

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