New Jersey Senior Care News
Prostate cancer is the number one form of cancer among men in the U.S., with 240,000 new cases diagnosed every year (according to the American Cancer Society). An estimated 11 percent of all men who have the disease will die from it, and it will affect one in six men (compared to one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer) at some time in their life. Continue reading
NJ Senior Health
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer.
Although men of any age can get prostate cancer, it is found most often in men over 65 –
in fact, more than 8 of 10 men with prostate cancer are over the age of 65.
For unknown reasons, African-American men are at higher risk than Caucasian men. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk, too. In this case, family history means that your father or a brother had prostate cancer. Men who are obese and eat a diet high in fat are also at a higher risk for prostate cancer.
Possible Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer, especially in its early stages, often does not have any symptoms. Symptoms are more likely to appear as the cancer grows.
Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Less force to the stream of urine
- Dribbling after you finish urinating
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Blood or pus in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Pain while urinating
- Pain with ejaculation
- Hip and lower back pain that does not go away over time
- Pain in the lower part of your pelvis
- Unintended weight loss and/or loss of appetite
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