Over 1.1 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer across the globe every year. Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men worldwide according to research conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund International in February 2015.
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about prostate cancer.
How common is prostate cancer?
Worldwide, more than 1.1 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. It is the second most common cancer in men and two-thirds of newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer are in developed regions of the world.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Catching cancer at its early stages is critical. However, most men will not experience any symptoms early on. Some men may experience symptoms such as frequent, hesitant or burning urination, difficulty maintaining an erection, pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips and upper thighs.
How curable is prostate cancer?
The earlier the cancer is caught, the more likely it is for the patient to remain disease-free after treatment. Approximately 90% of prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, and so the survival rate is very high.
What are some of the possible side effects of removing a prostate?
There are several possible side effects, but the two most feared is a loss of erections and urinary incontinence. These side effects may occur, but there are also treatment options available to handle them. If you have a total removal of the prostate, there will no longer be ejaculation, but there is still the sensation of climax and orgasm.