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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

When it’s caught early, prostate cancer can be cured.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American men.2 But it grows slowly, and most men can beat it, with treatment.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a small gland in men that is part of the reproductive system. It’s about the shape and size of a walnut. The prostate helps make semen, which carries sperm from the testicles.

Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

A lot of men with prostate cancer don’t have symptoms until their cancer gets worse. That’s why you should know your risks:

Getting checked for prostate cancer

There is a blood test, called the prostate specific antigen (PSA), to screen for prostate cancer. It tests for raised levels of PSA, a protein made by the prostate.

The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer is an individual one; men should discuss with their doctor the potential benefits and harms of prostate — specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer.

Because prostate cancer grows so slowly, some men choose not to have screenings, or choose not to treat their prostate cancer if they do have it. This is a decision you should make after talking with your doctor.

While most men don’t notice any symptoms, men who do notice some of these:

When caught early, nine in ten prostate cancers can be cured.

Treatment options:

Helpful resources:

For more information about prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society online at cancer.org, or call 1-800-227-2345. Or, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation site at pcf.org.