Dr. Larry Bans, an urologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, explains what prostate cancer is and how it is diagnosed.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after lung cancer. It is usually diagnosed in men over the age of 65. However, recently testing is now being done earlier in men. Men in their mid to late 40’s are now being tested for prostate cancer. Early detection of prostate cancer dramatically increases the treatment benefits and survival rates.
Prostate Cancer Growth
Prostate cancer is a very slow growing cancer. Often men die of other causes without ever knowing they had prostate cancer. The growth of prostate cancer is influenced by testosterone. As men age their levels of testosterone decrease, this is partly the reason for the slow growth of prostate cancer.