Prostate CancerAbout

It is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy.


The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It lies just below the bladder (the organ that collects and empties urine) and in front of the rectum (the lower part of the intestine). It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds part of the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder).

In Mexico, during 2014, approx. 233,000 new cases of prostate cáncer were diagnosed. (IMSS).

Each year about 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed, it’s the most common cancer in men.

Most of the time prostate cancer is detected before a man develops any symptoms. About 85% of prostate cancers are detected because of abnormailites in either bloodwork (PSA screening test) or by rectal exam (physician feels an abnormality).

Prostate cancer is found mainly in older men. In the U.S., about 1 out of 5 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Because these symptoms can also indicate the presence of other diseases or disorders, such as BPH or prostatitis, men will undergo a thorough work-up to determine the underlying cause.

Rarely do men experience symptoms that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer and that include:

• Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine

• Weak or interrupted flow of urine

• Difficulty in having an erection

• Painful ejaculation

• Blood in urine

• Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs