Prostate Cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. It is estimated that more than 20,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men every year.
Prostate Cancer is a very treatable disease. With treatment, nearly all men diagnosed with prostate cancer can live healthy lives. Many men will need frequent prostate examinations to monitor their health and detect any problems. Prostate cancer symptoms include a sharp increase in urination, enlarged prostate, and a decrease in sexual desire. There are two types of prostate cancer: primary and secondary. Prostate cancer can be treated with either chemo or radiation. Chemotherapy is the treatment most commonly used in the United States. In contrast, radiation therapy is considered to be a last resort treatment for most patients with prostate cancer. The radiation will destroy all of the cancer cells and their DNA. Radiation therapy is given to the patient at a dose that is about 10-15 times higher than the dose given to a normal person. In the United States, the average dose for radiation treatment for men with prostate cancer is 100-200 millirem (mg) of radiation.