Prostate Cancer forms in the tissues of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland in the male reproductive system located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It typically occurs in older men – 69 years old on average – and is one of the most common types of cancer for males. While some prostate cancer may grow slowly and remain confined to the prostate, others can be more aggressive and spread quickly. Early detection (when still confined to the prostate gland) increases the chances for successful treatment.
Symptoms of prostate cancer may not develop in the early stages, but when in its advanced stages, it may lead to:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- General pain in the lower back, hips or thighs
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Bone pain
- Erectile dysfunction
Discuss screening for prostate cancer with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.