Early Prostate Cancer

Monday, September 05, 2011

In 2011, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 33,000 men will die from the disease. It is estimated that there are more than 2 million American men currently living with prostate cancer. Dr. Edward Hill discusses prostate cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The prostate is a gland that only men have. It surrounds a part of the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Prostate cancer happens when cells in this gland grow out of control and clump together to form tumors. These tumors can kill your bodys healthy tissues and spread to other parts of your body.

One out of six men will get prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is found most often in men older than 65 years. If someone in your family, especially your father or brother, had prostate cancer, you have a greater risk of getting it.

If you have early prostate cancer, you may not have any symptoms. As the cancer grows, you might have painful urination and blood in the urine. If you have advanced prostate cancer, you may have pain in your hips and lower back.

Prostate cancer can be treated with surgery or radiation therapy. Patients can live for many years with no cancer symptoms after treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.