Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissue of the prostate. Today, we find more men sharing experiences about how early detection of cancer made a life-saving difference. Although prostate cancer is typically slow growing, it’s nothing to ignore. It’s the most common form of cancer amongst males, affecting one out of six men in the United States.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland which produces seminal fluid. Although part of the male reproductive system, it is in close proximity to the bladder. The urethra, a tube that directs the removal of urine out of the body, is surrounded by the prostate. The urethra is joined by two ejaculatory ducts. During sexual activity, the prostate acts like a valve between the urinary and reproductive tracts. This enables the semen to ejaculate without mixing with urine.
As a man ages, the prostate may show signs of inflammation, enlarge and interfere with sexual function and block the flow of urine. Every male ought to be aware of this condition. It is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although not life threatening, it can lead to other health issues. The signs of BPH are similar to the signs of prostate cancer.
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What are some possible warning signs for prostate cancer?
- Difficulty urinating
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Frequent urination during the night
- Pain in the back hips and pelvis
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pain with ejaculation
In the United States, while prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, for African-American males this cancer risk is even higher. The information from the Centers for Disease Control is alarming: