3 Myths About Prostate Cancer

  1. You don’t have prostate cancer if you don’t have any symptoms.
    This is wrong! Prostate cancer is one of the most asymptomatic cancers in the world. That means that there is a possibility that men will not experience any symptoms. Most of the time, signs of prostate cancer will first be detected by a doctor during a routine exam. It is still good to keep a look at for symptoms related to prostate cancer. Common symptoms include: frequent need to urinate, difficulty when starting or stopping urination, painful or burning urination, weak or interrupted flow of urination, blood in the urine or semen, difficulty having an erection, painful ejaculation, or frequent pain and stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to contact your doctor.
  2. Prostate cancer only effects older men.
    Prostate cancer doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age. But it is true that the older you are, the more likely your chances are of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.  About 6 out of 10 cases are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older, and it is rare in men under 40. The average age of men at diagnosis is about 66.
  3. If you get prostate cancer, you will die of the disease.
    Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. More than 3.1 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point, are still alive today.

Contact your doctor if you notice any symptoms related to prostate cancer or if you have any questions.

Disclaimer: this information is not a substitute for medical care. As always, you should consult with your doctor or health care provider.

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