Fortunately, prostate cancer is often slow-growing. Men may or may not ever need treatment for prostate cancer, depending on what type of cancer they have.
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It’s not clear that men should undergo regular screening for prostate cancer. If you have a family history of prostate cancer or are concerned about your prostate, talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening.
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Your doctor can then perform an ultrasound or other imaging tests to examine your prostate. They may use a needle to take a sample of your prostate cells. A pathologist will look at these cells under a microscope to determine if they are cancerous.
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If you do have fast-growing cancer, you might need surgery to remove your prostate. Radiation therapy, which uses radiation to kill cancer cells, could also help treat your cancer. Because prostate cancer cells use testosterone to grow, hormone therapy to block testosterone can prevent cancer from growing or coming back.
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