Fighting Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor in the prostate gland. It’s the second most common cancer among men in the U.S. after skin cancer. Early detection through screenings can help your doctor identify prostate abnormalities, before symptoms even appear.
Prostate cancer is highly treatable and the survival rate is very high.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer in the Bay Area, visit Dignity Health for expert care. We offer the latest treatments to fight and eliminate it. Find a Doctor today.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
While researchers don’t know what causes prostate cancer, the following risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing it:
- Age — the average age at diagnosis is 66 (rare in men younger than 40)
- Family history of prostate cancer
- African American race
- Not exercising
Your doctor can help you stop smoking and start an exercise routine that fits your needs. To learn more about prevention and early detection, visit a Dignity Health hospital in the Bay Area:
- Dominican Hospital — Santa Cruz
- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital — downtown San Francisco
- Sequoia Hospital — Redwood City
- St. Mary’s Medical Center — San Francisco
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
In the advanced stages, signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can include:
- Difficulty or problems with urination
- Pain in your back, pelvis, or hips
- Bloody urine or semen
- Erectile dysfunction
Since these symptoms are also common in older men with an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), talk with your Dignity Health doctor for the right diagnosis.
Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer at Dignity Health
The type of treatment you receive depends on the stage of your cancer, how likely it is to spread, your age, symptoms, and overall health. See a doctor at Dignity Health today to learn more about your treatment options.
Oncologists at Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area help men of all ages prevent and treat prostate cancer in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.