Cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate is known as prostate cancer. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men.
Estimated new cases and deaths from prostate cancer in the United States each year:
- New cases: 218,890
- Deaths: 27,050
A man with prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. For men who have symptoms of prostate cancer, common symptoms include:
- Urinary problems
- Not being able to urinate
- Having a hard time starting or stopping the urine flow
- Needing to urinate often, especially at night
- Weak flow of urine
- Urine flow that starts and stops
- Pain or burning during urination
- Difficulty having an erection
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Frequent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
Men with prostate cancer have many treatment options. The treatment that is best for one man may not be best for another.
Treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy. You may have a combination of treatments. If your doctor recommends watchful waiting, your health will be monitored closely. You will have treatment only if symptoms occur or get worse.