Frequently asked Questions about Prostate Cancer

What Is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate grow out of control. The cells clump together and form a malignant (cancerous) tumor.

The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system, found below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It makes fluid that mixes with sperm from the testicles.


How Common Is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the US, and it's more common among older men. About 234,000 American men are diagnosed with the disease each year.


Who Is at Risk of Getting Prostate Cancer?

All men can get prostate cancer, but it usually strikes men over 50. And the risk goes up with age. African-American men have a higher risk than other men, while Asian men have a lower risk. And they are more likely to get prostate cancer at an earlier age. Men who have a family history of prostate cancer also have a higher risk.

How Do You Lower Your Risk of Prostate Cancer? 

  • Cut back on food with animal fat (like red meat, processed meat, cheese, and other full fat dairy products)
  • Eat more tomato-based foods (like pasta or pizza with tomato sauce)

Click here for a list of things that affect prostate cancer risk.


Who Should Get Prostate Cancer Screening Tests?

Early detection is your best defense against prostate cancer. Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers recommends annual prostate cancer screenings for all men who have not seen a urologist in the past year, are older than 50, have a family history of prostate cancer, or are African-American and are older than age 40.

What Are The Symptoms of Prostate Cancer? 

Most prostate cancer has no symptoms. Some men with prostate cancer have problems urinating. But this problem is usually caused by something less serious. Only a doctor can know for sure.

Other Resources 

For more information about prostate health, support services, disease detection, treatment advances and more, click below to check out more prostate health links.


American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network

The Lance Armstrong Foundation

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

National Cancer Institute



Download a free bladder diary to help document and discuss symptoms with your urologist: www.WorldContinenceWeek-USA.org

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