What is Prostate Cancer?
Understanding Prostate Cancer
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Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men and the second leading cause of male cancer deaths. There are several different types of cells that make up the prostate, however nearly all prostate cancers start in gland cells. This kind of cancer is also known as adenocarcinoma. Unfortunately even with the latest research, it is very hard for doctors to tell which prostate cancers will grow slowly and which will advance quickly without a biopsy.
Graphic courtesy of American Cancer Society
Prostate Cancer Facts
- It is most common among men between ages 60 and 80.
- Known risk factors for prostate cancer include age, race and family history.
- African-American men have a higher incidence of prostate cancer than Caucasian or Asian men in the U.S.
The early stages of prostate cancer generally show no symptoms. When the tumor becomes more advanced, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- A weak urinary stream
- Inability to urinate
- Interruption of urinary stream
- Frequent urination (especially at night)
- Pain or burning during urination
- Blood in urine
The American Cancer Society estimated about 234,460 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2010. About 28,660 men were estimated to die of this disease in 2010. For further information please request our comprehensive Prostate Cancer Guide. or Contact Us today.