September is:

Prostate Cancer Awareness pic

One of the most common types of cancer that affect men is prostate cancer.  It is often thought of an “older man’s disease”.  Sixty percent of men will have prostate cancer over the age of 65, 97% of men over the age of 50 and it can also affect men as young as 30 years of age.

When prostate cancer is initially found, in approximately 16% of the people, the cancer has already spread to a different part of the body.  Nine out of 10 men with advanced prostate cancer will have it spread to their bones.

How do you know if you have prostate cancer?  Early stages of prostate cancer is hard to detect because often times you may not have any signs or symptoms.  It may be discovered by a blood test or by a digital rectal exam.  Urinary symptoms of prostate cancer are:

  • Burning or pain during urination

  • Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating

  • More frequent urges to urinate at night

  • Loss of bladder control

  • Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream

  • Blood in urine

Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can also be detected by:

  • Blood in semen

  • Difficulty getting an erection

  • Painful ejaculation

  • Swelling in legs or pelvic area

  • Numbness or pain in the hips, legs or feet

  • Bone pain that doesn’t go away, or leads to fractures

There are several different treatments for those diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Depending on how advanced the cancer is will determine which treatment option is best for you.

Information courtesy of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.