Everything You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer
Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 22% of deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, there are 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer each year and 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Hispanics are least likely that non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with this type of cancer, but that still doesn’t doesn’t mean they’re safe from not getting it.
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Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that starts in the gland cells of a man’s prostate. It generally occurs to older men, the average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66 years old. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed from this type of cancer, will not die from it.
Prostate cancer only affects men, since women don’t have a prostate gland.
Risk factors include:
Age: The older the man is the more likely he will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Family History: If there is also a family history, such as a father or a brother, then they’re more than likely to develop the disease.
Ethnicity: Hispanics are least likely to get the disease than African-Americans, but there’s always a chance.
Not all men experience symptoms of prostate cancer and many times it is detected during a routine check-up. Common symptoms can include:
The need to urinate frequently, especially at night
Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
Weak or interrupted flow of urine
Painful or burning urination
Difficulty in having an erection
Blood in urine or semen
Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs