What is Prostate Cancer?
The prostate gland is a small gland in men located below the bladder which surrounds the upper portion of the urethra. The prostate gland secretes a fluid that makes up part of the semen.
Prostate cancer is rarely diagnosed in males under age 50, but incidences of prostate cancer rise quickly past the age of fifty, but when detected in the early stages, prostate cancer can be effectively treated.
How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed and Treated?
Prostate cancer can only be adequately diagnosed by analyzing tissue under a microscope; however, a digital rectal examination can assist with the determination.
Treatment options include radiation therapy, radical surgery, hormonal therapy, and other methods.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Dull pain in the lower pelvic area.
- Frequent urination.
- Trouble urinating, pain, burning, or weak urine flow.
- Blood in the urine (Hematuria).
- Painful ejaculation.
- Pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
- Loss of appetite.
- Loss of weight.
- Bone pain.
If You Have These Symptoms or Have Been Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Keep in mind that these symptoms may be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.
Our trained urologists can offer appropriate suggestions in treating prostate cancer. With proper management and urologic care, prostate cancer can often be eliminated or survival increased.
Contact us to talk to our experienced urologists, who can help answer your questions.