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The prostate is a gland found in the male reproductive system. It lies next to the rectum and underneath the bladder. The prostate gland makes fluid found in semen.

It’s common for American men to develop prostate cancer. Men who consume a high-fat diet are more at risk of getting this disease. So are African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and men with a family history of this type of cancer.

If you have prostate cancer, you may have some of the following symptoms or may be asymptomatic. These are the signs you need to look out for:

When you can’t seem to start urinating as soon as you want to, you could have prostate cancer. If your urine flow isn’t forceful or steady, you could have cancer of the prostate gland. Other signs of this illness include urinating often, problems with eliminating all the urine from your bladder, painful urination, pain upon ejaculation, bloody urine or semen, and back, hip, or pelvic pain.

Although these symptoms may indicate prostate cancer, know that they can also be signs of prostate problems that aren’t cancerous. These prostate problems include benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, and chronic prostatitis. All of these non-cancerous prostate disorders can be treated, and so can prostate cancer.

For treatment of prostate cancer, surgery may be performed to remove the prostate and the affected tissue. In some cases, radiation therapy may be used with hormone therapy. Additional therapies for prostate cancer may also be used.

You may be able to prevent prostate cancer by exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking. Go to your doctor for help if you are experiencing any prostate problems. Don’t wait to go to your healthcare practitioner to find out why you’re having prostate problems.