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Prostate Cancer: Putting It All Together

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 16:08

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to prostate cancer.

  • Prostate cancer generally does not produce symptoms until it is well-advanced. For this reason, annual screenings are important for men beginning at age 50 (or age 40 for men at higher risk).
  • Regular digital rectal examination and PSA tests can detect prostate cancer in its earliest and most successfully treated stages.
  • Treatment options include "watchful waiting" for early-stage prostate cancer, radiation therapychemotherapy, and surgery to remove the prostate.
  • Two complications of prostate cancer treatment are urinary incontinence and impotence, both of which may be helped through medication and other means.
  • Prostate cancer detected early is quite curable.
  • Prostate cancer is generally slow growing and may need minimal treatment in older men; however, it requires aggressive treatment in younger men.

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