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Published on August 24, 2017

Seven Facts about Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Prostate CancerProstate cancer is a common cancer that affects men when cancer cells in the prostate gland form. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are more than 200,000 cases of prostate cancer in the U.S. per year. Here are seven facts you should know about prostate cancer:

  1. The prostate is a gland below the bladder and in front of the rectum that is only present in males. The prostate is responsible for producing the seminal fluid that protects and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is more common as men age. The size of the prostate changes over time as a person ages. In young men, the prostate is the size of a walnut, but in older men, it can become much larger.
  2. Risk factors for prostate cancer include age, race/ethnicity and family history. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of having prostate cancer rises dramatically for men over 50, and approximately 60 percent of prostate cancer cases are found in men over 65.
  3. Prostate cancer is more prevalent in African-American men than in other races. African-American men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men, and researchers don’t know why. Prostate cancer occurs less often in Asian-American men and Hispanic/Latino men than in non-Hispanic whites, according to the American Cancer Society.
  4. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer can more than double your risk for developing the disease. The more relatives you have with the disease, the more likely you are to get it, according to the American Cancer Society.
  5. Prostate cancer requires a medical diagnosis. Lab tests or imaging is typically how patients receive screening for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is treatable, if detected early. Some types of prostate cancers grow very slowly and can be monitored over time. Other types become aggressive and require radiation or surgery as treatment.
  6. “Symptoms of prostate cancer can include difficulty with urination or pain, but often, there are no symptoms at all,” explains PIH Health Physician, William S. Kurohara, MD.
  7. A healthy diet that helps maintain a healthy weight may reduce your risk for Prostate Cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends limiting high-fat foods, cutting back on red meats and eating at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables per day.

Local residents seeking a prostate screening can choose from a variety of PIH Health board-certified physicians here. For additional information about cancer services at PIH Health, contact the Cancer Program at 562.698.0811 Ext. 12456.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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