you experience any of the above symptoms discussed on this page particularly if they have been going on for a while. You will need a thorough work-up to determine the underlying cause, which may or may not be prostate cancer.
Results from a recent Harris Poll survey of 410 men with advanced prostate cancer and 95 caregivers found that nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) of men surveyed admitted to sometimes ignoring symptoms like pain.
The survey, conducted by eight patient advocacy groups comprising the International Prostate Cancer Coalition (IPCC) also showed that 71 percent of men don’t know what causes the pain and more than half say they feel pain is just something they have to live with.
Black men don’t just get this disease more often than white men. They also tend to get it at an earlier age. And their cancer tends to spread more quickly.
But the good news is, after breast cancer, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable cancers out there.
“It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” Al said. “Good news is we caught it early.
Not great news is that it’s a little aggressive, so I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.”
Al will be undergoing surgery next week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
His doctors say that his cancer looks to be confined to the prostate and believes the outcome will be a good one.