Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American males (skin cancer ranks first). Fortunately, prostate cancer can be successfully treated if diagnosed in its early stages. The treatment protocol for prostate cancer is typically determined by several factors in the diagnosis.

Prostate cancer overview

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate plays an important role in sexual reproduction, as it makes the fluid for semen, which transports sperm.

Prostate cancer may be diagnosed based on symptoms you are experiencing or with a prostate exam during your annual wellness checkup. Some men never experience any symptoms, while other men may display a few but not all symptoms.

Symptoms of prostate cancer may include problems such as frequent urination, difficulty in starting and stopping urination, ejaculatory problems, and continuous pain in the hips, pelvis or lower back. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should see your primary care physician as soon as possible.

If you are older than 50, you should have your physician