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Prostate Cancer: Fatal to Men

This cancer can be called “the man-killer.” After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among males. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 13 of every 100 American men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, with two to three dying from it.

The most common risk factor is age; the older a man, the greater his chance of getting it. It is more likely to occur among those with a family history or who are African American. Other risk factors: smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise.

Reproductive System

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system, located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. About the size of a walnut, it surrounds part of the urethra (tube that empties urine from the bladder). This gland produces fluid that makes up part of semen.

Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, which are cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. Unfortunately, this cancer has no early symptoms, although advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow. However, these symptoms can also be the result of benign conditions.

The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 868,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2023, with just under 35,000 dying from it. Fortunately, because of effective screening options for prostate cancer, the disease is often caught before it spreads. As a result, the survival rates for this type are good.

Check-up for Health

Go get checked. Talk with your primary care provider about screening tests that can detect any potential problems with your prostate. Also, if you have a loved one or friend who is suffering from this form of cancer, consider organizing an event or fundraiser to help attack this dreaded disease.

You may also want to consider donating to our Good Samaritan Cancer Fund, which helps patients who are struggling to pay for their medication, transportation to appointments, hotel stays for long visits, and other costs.

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