Monday, June 1, 2009
Prostate cancer strikes one out of every six American men. And as you grow older, your chances of having prostate cancer are greater. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about prostate cancer in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a manís prostate gland. The prostate sits just below the bladder. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut.
Prostate cancer is common and is an older manís disease. Most men who get it are older than 65, but some are in their forties and fifties. Most cases are curable, particularly if they are found before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Prostate cancer usually does not cause symptoms in its early stages. When there are symptoms, they include:
∑ difficulty starting your urine stream.
∑ a weaker than normal urine stream.
∑ having to urinate often.
∑ pain or a burning feeling when you urinate, and
∑ blood in your urine.
Treatment for prostate cancer includes surgery, radiation, or hormonal therapy to destroy the cancer. Your treatment will depend on what kind of cancer cells you have, how far they have spread, your age and general health.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.