What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer develops in the prostate gland. Unlike most other types of cancer, prostate cancer is slow growing in the majority of cases and only 10-15% of prostate tumors are rapidly progressing.1 Therefore, for most men diagnosed with prostate cancer the tumor does not pose a threat to the patient’s life. Usually, prostate cancer patients do not have any specific symptoms from an early stage prostate cancer. However, at later stages pain or difficulties urinating as well as problems during sexual intercourse are often experienced.
1 Wilt TJ, Brawer MK, Barry MJ, Jones KM, Kwon Y, Gingrich JR, et al. The Prostate cancer Intervention Versus Observation Trial:VA/NCI/AHRQ Cooperative Studies Program #407 (PIVOT): design and baseline results of a randomized controlled trial comparing radical prostatectomy to watchful waiting for men with clinically localized prostate cancer. ContemporaryClinical Trials. 2009;30(1):81-7