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Fast Facts about Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer only affects men. Taken from the ancient Greek word “prostate,” it means to “one standing in front.” That’s because the prostate, a gland that is part of the male reproductive system, is located at the base of the bladder.

Did you know prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer that affects men? It follows non-melanoma skin cancer, which is the number-one cancer.

Every year, an estimated 209,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. And did you know it is among the leading cancer killers among men of all races? In the U.S., close to 28,000 men die because of it every year.

The American Cancer Society reported that one out of seven men will be diagnosed with this killer disease during his lifetime. Men aged 65 or above have a particularly higher predisposition to having this disease; about six in 10 cases involve these older men.

While it usually does not display early symptoms, the common indicators of prostate cancer include frequent urination, difficult when urinating, painful urination, presence of blood in urine, painful ejaculation or difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection. In the advanced stages, the patient may experience pain in the spine, ribs or pelvis. There is also leg weakness as the cancer spreads to the spine. Urinary and fecal incontinence have also been reported.

Majority prostate cancer patients do not die from this disease. In fact, close to 3 million diagnosed patients are still alive today. It is such a slow-progressing disorder that most men who suffer from it die of old age; many of them did not even know they had the condition. It is only after an autopsy that it is discovered.