Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men. It surrounds the urethra. The prostate makes a fluid that is part of semen. This disease occurs in men.

1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime.
American Cancer Society

Risk Factors

Prostate cancer is more common in men who are aged 55 years and older. It is also more common in black men than white men. Other factors that may increase your chance of prostate cancer include:

  • Family history of prostate cancer, especially father or brother
  • Family history of prostate cancer diagnosed at a young age
  • A high-fat diet

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate cancer may cause:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Not able to urinate
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

If you have questions about when and what should be screening for, call our cancer nurse hotline (816) 751-3775 or (913) 236-8003. Or speak with your primary care physician; if you don't have one visit or call (816) 751-3000 or (913) 541-7400.