Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men in which genetics and age are major factors in its development. However, there are many other risk factors to consider.
Providence Hospital's specialized team of medical oncologist, radiation oncologists, and urologists provide precise evaluation and treatment for patients with prostate cancer. Screenings are offered through your physician for men 50 years of age and older, and 45 years of age for African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.
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What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate.
African American men’s risk of getting prostate cancer is twice as high as of white men. The disease may develop slowly without any obvious symptoms. However, African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease. The death rate from prostate cancer for African American men is almost three times higher than white men.
Studies have shown that men with certain risk factors including, age, genetic disposition (family history), ethnicity, and diet are more likely to develop prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer usually does not produce any noticeable symptoms in its early stages, but some men may have urinary problems and discomfort. Other indications may include frequent, painful, and/or weak urination, difficulty starting and/or an inability to urinate, blood in the urine, and consistent lower back, pelvic, or hip pain. Consult your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
How to detect prostate cancer
Cancer is spread throughout the body through the tissue, lymph system, and blood, and is detected during a routine PSA and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) screenings.
Cancerous prostate cells can be removed by three most commonly used treatments—surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, cryotherapy, and/or radiation.
Use of any of these treatments is dependent upon age, the presence of other medical conditions, and the level of cancer. Your doctor will suggest the most effective treatment needed.
Support Groups and Programs
Providence Hospital’s offers prostate cancer support in a caring atmosphere where men can share their experiences with other men who are battling or have battled prostate cancer. Your voice can make a difference in someone’s life...maybe your own. For more information, call (202) 269-7795.
Presentations are offered throughout the community and often include informational materials, guest speakers, and incentives. For upcoming presentations in your area, call (202) 269-7275 or see our Classes & Events calendar.
For more information on prostate cancer, visit www.cancer.org.