Prostate cancer forms in the tissue of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system.
This is the most common type of cancer in males, especially older men. An estimated 218,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.
Prostate Cancer Growth
Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and stay confined to the prostate, while other types grow rapidly and spread to other parts of the body quickly.
If prostate cancer is caught early before it spreads, the chance of successful treatment is high.
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer may not appear until later stages of the disease and may include:
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urination
- Blood in urine or semen
- Continual pain in pelvic area, lower back or legs
Prostate Cancer Screening
Prostate cancer screenings should begin at age 50 for most men and at age 45 for African American men or those with a family history of prostate cancer.
For more information about Levine Cancer Institute, call 980-442-2000.