Prostate cancer

Second to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men today with about one in six receiving a diagnosis.

Almost all cases are adenocarcinomas, but a few other rare types can occur. Diagnosis and treatments today are very effective and the survival rate is very high—most men successfully beat it and enjoy a life beyond cancer.

Five-year prostate cancer survival rates


Five-year testis cancer survival rates

Overview

The prostate gland is found only in men. It is walnut-sized but typically grows larger as men age, which can cause some symptoms in common with cancer, like trouble urinating. The prostate gland and the seminal vesicles behind it make semen, the fluid that transports sperm. The urethra goes through the prostate gland and carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis. Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate gland grow out of control. We still don’t fully understand the cause of prostate cancer.

Most prostate cancers grow slowly and may not present with any symptoms in the early stages. Common symptoms include trouble urinating, blood in the semen and erectile dysfunction. If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer or are concerned about these and other symptoms, make an appointment right away with a UCHealth specialist so we can begin developing the best treatment plan for your case. Patients like inspire us every day with their strength and determination to overcome prostate cancer and return to the life they love.