Wondering about the symptoms of prostate cancer? Think you may need to see a doctor?
Here are the answers to several important questions about prostate cancer provided by the National Cancer Institute.
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What is the prostate?
Itís a gland in a manís reproductive system that makes and stores seminal fluid. The prostate is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Itís about the size of a walnut and surrounds the upper part of the tube that empties urine from the bladder. If it grows too large, the flow of urine can be slowed or stopped.
What are some of the symptoms of prostate cancer?
9 of the most common symptoms are:
Note: Early prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms.
Whoís at greatest risk for prostate cancer?
Itís impossible to predict who will get prostate cancer, but some of the factors that increase your risk include:
There is also some evidence that a diet high in animal fat may be a contributing factor, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease risk.
What are the common tests for detecting prostate cancer?
There are two typical initial tests to detect prostate abnormalities. They donít detect cancer, but they can help to determine if you need to be checked further.
One is a rectal exam in which the doctor uses his finger to determine if the prostate area is hard or lumpy. The other is a blood test that looks for abnormalities that are a predictor of problems in the prostate.