Understand your prostate cancer with help from experts

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting one out of every seven men in their lifetime. Prostate cancer begins in the cells of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland between your rectum and bladder. The prostate produces fluids that protect and carry your sperm as it passes from the testicles through the urethra before ejaculation.

When the cells in the prostate mutate and begin to grow out of control, they can form prostate cancer. Fortunately, prostate cancer is typically a very slow-growing cancer which may or may not need treatment when detected. It is also easy to detect early, before it has spread to other areas of the body. That means you have more treatment options. In the U.S. the relative 15-year survival rate is 95 percent.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate cancer often doesn’t show symptoms in the early stages. But as it grows or spreads, it may show symptoms such as:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Bone pain
  • Discomfort or pain in your pelvic area
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Trouble urinating or decreased flow of urine

You should see a doctor if you show any of these symptoms.

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

If you were born male and still have a prostate, you can get prostate cancer. Understanding your risk for prostate cancer can help you get the screenings you need at the right age. Risk factors for prostate cancer include:

  • African-American ethnicity
  • Diet high in fat or charred red meat
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Exposure to Agent Orange during military service
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Obesity
  • Older age

At Ellis Medicine, you can get the expert opinion of Roswell Park doctors. We can help you understand your prostate cancer and make the right choice for your health.

Live-Saving Cancer Care, nearby in your community.

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