What is Prostate Cancer?
“When I was diagnosed, I didn’t know what to do. If it hadn’t been for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, I would have been hanging out there by myself. I thank God for them.” The Honorable Fred Allen, State Representative, Survivor
Cancer begins in cells, the building blocks that make up tissues. Tissues make up the organs of the body.
Normal cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When normal cells grow old or get damaged, they die, and new cells take their place.
Sometimes, this process goes wrong. New cells form when the body doesn’t need them, and old or damaged cells don’t die as they should. The buildup of extra cells often forms a mass of tissue called a growth or tumor.
Prostate growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).
Benign growths (such as BPH):
- are rarely a threat to life
- can be removed and probably won’t grow back
- don’t invade the tissues around them
- don’t spread to other parts of the body
- may be a threat to life
- often can be removed, but sometimes grow back
- can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs
- can spread to other parts of the body
A man with prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. For men who do have symptoms, the common symptoms include:
- Urinary problems
- Not being able to pass urine
- 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
If You Are Facing Prostate Cancer …
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Benign growths are not as harmful as malignant growths.