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Cancer of the prostate a common form of cancer is a disease in which cancer malignant cells are found in the prostate The prostate is one of the male sex glands and is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum The prostate is about the size of a walnut It surrounds part of the urethra the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body The prostate makes fluid that becomes part of the semen the white fluid that contains sperm Cancer of the prostate is found mainly in older men As you get older your prostate may get bigger and block the urethra or bladder which can cause you to have difficulty urinating or may interfere with sexual functions This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH and although it is not cancer you may need surgery to correct it The symptoms of BPH or of other problems in the prostate may be similar to symptoms for prostate cancer Following are common symptoms of prostate cancer weak or interrupted flow of urine urinating often especially at night difficulty urinating pain or burning when you urinate blood in the urine or nagging pain in the back hips or pelvis Often there are no symptoms of early cancer of the prostate Samuel R Denmeade American Association for Cancer ResearchStage Explanation Judd W Moul Monographs in Urology 1995Once cancer of the prostate has been found diagnosed tests can be done to find out if cancer cells have spread from the prostate to tissues around it or to other parts of the body This is called staging It is very important to know the stage of the disease to plan treatment The following stages are used for cancer of the prostate-Prostate cancer at this stage cannot be felt and causes no symptoms The cancer is only in the prostate and usually is found accidentally when surgery is done for other
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