Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers, second only to non-melanoma skin cancer. And it is the No. 2 cancer killer of men.
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This cancer grows in the prostate gland, which is located between the rectum and the bladder and helps produce semen. Men who are older, African American or have a family history of prostate cancer are at greater risk of developing the disease.
If you notice the symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor immediately. These include trouble urinating; erectile dysfunction; pain in the lower back, hips or thighs; and blood in the urine or semen.
Even without symptoms, men ages 40-75 should talk with their doctor about getting screened. Experts debate the benefit of a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, but your doctor can work with you to determine what’s right for you based on your individual risk factors and lifestyle.
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