Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, affecting more than 230,000 men annually. If detected early the 5 year survival rate is almost 100%.
In its early stages prostate cancer often causes no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, the may include:
- Frequent urination
- Dull pain in the lower pelvic area
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Weak urine flow that may be accompanied by pain and or burning
- Loss of appetite and/or weight
Beginning at the age of 50 it’s recommended that all men have an initial PSA (blood test) and digital rectal exam.*
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer your physician will stage the disease, which determines the extent of the cancer and whether or not it has spread to other tissues or lymph nodes in the body. For some, their prostate cancer may be growing so slow that treatment is not needed. For others a prostatectomy, or removal of the prostate gland, will be needed.
*If you have a family history of prostate cancer consult with your physician on when you should be screened.