At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, our goal is to eliminate cancer. When it comes to prostate cancer, if you cannot reduce your risk altogether, the next best thing is early detection. When found early, prostate cancer is nearly 100% curable.
Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate gland, which is located deep inside the pelvis. It occurs when cells in the prostate grow and multiply uncontrollably, damaging surrounding tissue and interfering with the prostate’s normal function. If the cancerous cells spread to other parts of the body, it is still referred to as prostate cancer.
The older a man is, the greater his chances for developing prostate cancer. Men can get prostate cancer at any age but are most frequently diagnosed at over 50 years of age.
At Banner MD Anderson, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating prostate cancer. Our team of experts includes medical, surgical and radiation oncologists working together to develop an individual treatment plan based on each patient's unique needs.
While there is no one identified cause of prostate cancer, risk factors include exposure to certain chemicals, certain behaviors, age and family history.
There are often no signs or symptoms of prostate cancer in its early stages. If symptoms do present themselves, they can be different from man to man.
Prostate cancer is commonly diagnosed through a prostate biopsy. An abnormal prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or an abnormal digital rectal exam (DRE) may indicate that a man has prostate cancer which is then confirmed with a biopsy.
There is no “best” treatment for prostate cancer. Options include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or chemotherapy. Your doctor will help determine the right option for you.