Over 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually. And it will prove fatal for more than 33,000. The following are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding this serious disease that affects one-in-six American men.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
The patient may not have any obvious symptoms in the disease’s earliest stages. That is why physicians recommend that men over 50 have a PSA test, which checks the blood for a protein produced by prostate cancer cells. For those who do experience symptoms, common complaints include pain or stiffness in the lower back, hip or thigh; frequent or burning urination; or erectile dysfunction.
Is prostate cancer curable?
For the majority of patients—yes. As with any form of cancer, the earlier the diagnosis, the more likely the patient can become disease free.
How is prostate cancer treated?
There are many treatment options. Depending upon the stage of the disease, robotic surgery, radiation therapy, cryoablation, hormonal therapy and even watchful waiting are some of the alternatives to be considered. Our medical team develops a custom course of care based on each patient’s individual condition and unique needs.
Are some men more likely to develop prostate cancer?
A man’s risk of developing prostate cancer increases along with his age. The disease can affect men under 40, but 65% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over 65 years of age.
Men with immediate family members (father, brothers or sons) who have had prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease. The risk is greatest when the afflicted relative was under 65 when he developed the disease.
African-American men are 56% more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasians, and nearly 2 1/2 times more likely to die from it. Men of Asian ethnicity have the lowest overall incidence of prostate cancer.