10 Commonly Asked Prostate Cancer Questions

What You Need To Know: 10 Common Questions About Prostate Cancer
There are 10 prostate cancer questions men need answered when talking about their prostate with their doctor.  Here are the first five questions men usually ask of their doctor.

Question 1 – What’s the prostate gland?

The prostate gland is one part of the male reproductive system. It produces and stores the clear fluid that’s in the semen. The gland is as big as walnut and lies between the bladder and rectum, partially enclosing the urethra.

Question 2 – What’s prostate cancer?

Presently, this type of cancer is the second common form of cancer within the United States, falling just behind skin cancer.  Approximately 235,000 United States men in 2006 were told they had prostate cancer and nearly 27,000 of those men died from it.

Prostate cancer is generally slow to grow and tends to develop later in life… although there are cases where men have been diagnosed at a young age. Thus, the majority of men will die from other diseases not related to prostate cancer.

Question 3 – Who’s at greater risk for developing prostate cancer?

All men have some risk for prostate cancer because the disease is age related, normally striking older men. Prostate cancer appears more in black men and with men who have a family history of it.

The United States has a higher occurrence of prostate cancer; Japan has the lowest occurrence of the disease. It’s thought that diet plays a role in the difference… although there is no real data supporting it.

Question 4 – What are the prostate cancer symptoms?

There are many cases where men who have prostate cancer never have symptoms for years. However, when prostate symptoms rear their ugly heads, they can include:

- Frequent need to pee (especially in the overnight hours)
- Weak urine flow
- Difficulty in starting to pee
- Urination pain
- Traces of blood in semen and urine
 -Ejaculation pain
- Reoccurring pain in lower back, hips or upper thighs

Question 5 – What other conditions will show similar symptoms?

It’s quite common for men to suffer with enlarged prostate gland, which tends to put pressure on the urethra, causing problems in urination and sexual function. The condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (PBH)

Prostate cancer symptoms could also be caused by a condition called prostatitis, which is an infection because of the prostate’s inflammation.

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