Prostate Cancer is diagnosed in about 13-15% of all adult men in the United States. Prostate Cancer kills African or African-American men at more than twice the rate as it does to white men. Also, African-American men are often diagnosed at younger ages with advanced prostate cancer than white men.
If you are reading this, you are not dead. Even diagnosed with prostate cancer, chances are good that your cancer won’t kill before something else does.
For Newly Diagnosed Guys:
First: Make no decisions until you are comfortably informed about your situation. … read at least some of the patient and doctor written articles about cancer symptoms, treatment and causes.
Prostate cancer tends to be progress slowly. There is usually no need for urgency. But some men do die from cancer. It is vital to take time to understand what you can do to save your life.
Second: Ask questions about your cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Answers about cancer won’t find you, you have to ask. Please don’t assume that your doctor will tell you everything that you need to know. There are lists of questions for you to ask about cancer in this website.
Prostate Cancer treatment may extend your life, but might also cause collateral damage or side effects, such as incontinence or impotence. Even the best treatment choice may have consequences you probably won’t like.
The prostate is surrounded by the nerves controlling erections and lies close to the bladder and bowel, so there are significant risks of damage during treatment to sexual potency, continence (ability to control urine retention) and bowel function. Learn about the difference between cancer cure and cancer treatment.
Third: Speak with other guys at a prostate cancer support group. Hear our stories. Put your natural fears into a better perspective. Cancer treatments, symptoms, diagnosis, and causes can be confusing…we are here to help.
Most men expect their doctor to recommend whatever treatment they need. They are surprised and anxious when the doctor discusses several possible treatments and says the patient has to decide for himself which one to choose.
Think about speaking with a urologist, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist before making any decision about treatment, to get a balanced picture of the benefits and drawbacks of all the cancer treatment options available to you.
Millions of men are diagnosed with cancer… there is a lot you can learn from us.