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
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs