Everything You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer – Symptoms, Risk Factors and Outlook

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By Gerald Morris

A diagnosis of prostate cancer is extremely common. Fortunately, you can learn everything you need to know about this disease with an online search, which could help you spot early symptoms and seek treatment.

Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in American men. Since warning signs can be subtle and in some cases, don’t show up, most early prostate cancers are found through screening.

Early Signs and Symptoms

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates roughly one in nine men will experience a diagnosis of prostate cancer during his lifetime. Unfortunately, it is common for early prostate cancer to cause no symptoms, which is clinically referred to as being “asymptomatic.”

Some of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

You can learn more about these symptoms with an online search.

Advanced Signs and Symptoms

In men with more advanced prostate cancer, the following signs and symptoms may develop:

Risk Factors

No one knows exactly what causes prostate cancer. However, the following have been established as risk factors that can increase your odds of developing prostate cancer:

It’s important to keep in mind that having a risk factor — or even several — does not mean that you will develop prostate cancer or any other disease.


Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not succumb to the disease. In fact, there are currently more than 3.1 million survivors of prostate cancer still alive today in the United States.

The prognosis for prostate cancer with treatment is excellent with an overall five-year relative survival rate of 98 percent. The survival rate is 100 percent for both localized and regional disease.

Living with Prostate Cancer

Some general recommendations for men living with prostate cancer include:

Mental health while living with prostate cancer deserves special mention, as depression is a common complication of prostate cancer. Therefore, it’s important to maintain close contact with family and friends, as they can provide much-needed support. Connecting with others who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer through support groups, whether in person or online, can also provide support.

Lastly, there has been a recent uptick in interest in supplements in the treatment of prostate cancer. However, keep in mind that vitamins, herbs, and other complementary nutritional supplements cannot prolong your life. Supplements may even shorten your life, which is why you should discuss them with your doctor before their initiation.

Start a Search To Learn More

Learning more about prostate cancer is a proactive step towards understanding a condition that affects millions of men worldwide. Early education can help you recognize symptoms, risk factors, and screening options, making it easier for timely diagnosis and treatment.

A wealth of information is available online through reputable medical websites, peer-reviewed studies, and healthcare professionals who can provide guidance on navigating this complex topic. Whether you’re concerned about your own health or that of a loved one, take the time to seek out credible resources and consult with your doctor. It can be empowering and should you or someone close to you develop symptoms, it may even improve the outcome.

Gerald Morris