The prostate, found only in males, is a gland that produces a fluid that helps to protect and enrich the sperm. It is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Most forms of prostate cancer start in glandular cells, making them adenocarcinomas. They tend to grow and spread fairly slowly.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, second to lung cancer. There is about a 1 in 6 chance that a man will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Risk factors for prostate cancer include:
- Getting older
- Being African American
- Having a family history of prostate cancer
- Eating a diet high in fatty dairy products or red meat
- Being obese
Signs & Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
See your doctor if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Bone pain in the spine, hips or ribs
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Difficulty urinating or pain when urinating
- Weakness or numbness in the lower extremities
Prostate Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
Maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables are currently the best ways to prevent prostate cancer. Men who exhibit symptoms or who are at an increased risk for prostate cancer may want to discuss testing with their doctors. The most common treatments for prostate cancer are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Prostate Cancer Education, Screenings & Treatment at BayCare
BayCare is proud to offer a variety of cancer services throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and all of Tampa Bay. Call (855) 314-8346 for a physician referral or find a doctor near you.
You can learn more by visiting the facilities listed below:
- Mease Countryside Hospital
- Mease Dunedin Hospital
- Morton Plant Hospital
- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
- St. Anthony's Hospital
- St. Joseph's Hospital
- St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
- St. Joseph's Women's Hospital
- St. Joseph's Hospital-North
- St. Joseph's Hospital-South
- South Florida Baptist Hospital
- Winter Haven Hospital