Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that affects the prostate gland. It's one of the most common cancers among men. Learn More ›

Symptoms: Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

There are usually no specific signs or symptoms of early prostate cancer. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) can provide the best chance of identifying prostate cancer in its earliest stages, but these tests can have drawbacks. Talk to your physician about whether prostate cancer screening is right for you.

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Treatment: A Range of Treatment Options

If your health care provider has told you that you have prostate cancer, you may soon face a difficult choice of treatment options. A survey of urologists and oncologists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that although urologists and radiation oncologists agree on a variety of issues regarding detection and treatment of prostate cancer, they usually recommend the therapy that they offer.

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Living With: Prostate Cancer and PSA Screening

If you could find a screening test able to detect a potentially deadly cancer, it would be hailed as a lifesaver and widely recommended, wouldn't it? Not necessarily. The fact that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test detects prostate cancer in its early stages is undisputed. But whether it should be used as a routine screening tool is one of the most controversial issues in men's health today.

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A man's prostate gland, which produces semen, is located beneath his bladder and is about the size of a walnut.