Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Awareness Color: Light Blue
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: September

Cancers of the prostate gland, part of the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is usually slow-growing, leading to controversy over the recommended screening. You should talk with your doctor about an individual screening program that is appropriate to you.

Those diagnosed with prostate cancer are given a 'grade' by their pathologist. Prostate cancer is graded based on the Gleason Scale, ranging from two to ten (because the scores are based on two samples, graded 1-5 and added together). Those with higher Gleason grades tend to be more aggressive. Your pathologist will also alert you if you have any Gleason 5s present in either sample, which can indicate a higher likelihood of recurrence.

 

Definition of prostate cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men. Estimated new cases and deaths from prostate cancer in the United States in 2014: • New cases: 233,000 • Deaths: 29,480

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