Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it is not the leading cause of cancer death among men and the Mayo Clinic notes that prostate cancer usually is slow growing.
During September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, men are reminded to research if they are in a high risk group for the cancer before being tested. There are a few different risk factors that make it more likely that some men should get tested for prostate cancer.
The Mayo Clinic also notes that obesity and a family history of certain types of breast cancer can also indicate a higher risk for prostate cancer.
It is not clear what causes prostate cancer though. The prostate is a small gland that produces seminal fluid. “Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm,” states The Mayo Clinic on their website. Early detection is important for a successful prostate cancer treatment.
There are not always symptoms of prostate cancer and it may first be detected during a routine physical at the doctor’s office. Symptoms may include a need to urinate more frequently-especially at night, frequent lower back pain, blood in urine, and other indicators.
Learn more about testing and treatment for prostate cancer at the Prostate Cancer Foundation website.
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