Prostate cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer deaths among men. According to the American Cancer Society, when final figures are tallied, about 192,000 new cases will have been diagnosed in the year 2009. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases significantly after the age of 65.
Many cases of prostate cancer are discovered during routine blood work that reveals an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level - a possible indicator of prostate cancer. If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your physician:
- Frequent urges to urinate, especially at night.
- Difficulty starting urination or holding it back.
- Weak or interrupted urinary flow.
- Painful or burning urination.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Painful ejaculation.
- Blood in urine or semen.
- Recurrent, persistent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.