For families affected by prostate cancer, Father’s Day yesterday was a a particular reminder of the importance of the men in their lives. Although we raise awareness of prostate cancer throughout the year we hope Father’s Day inspired everyone to support the men in their lives with preventing or treating prostate cancer.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that only men have. It makes semen, the fluid that carries sperm. The prostate is located in front of the rectum and just below the bladder. It is the most common site for cancer in men after skin cancer — one in six develops it in their lifetime.
The prostate enlarges as men age, but sometimes a group of cells start to grow abnormally and creates a cancerous tumor that can spread to other parts of the body.
Early detection can increase survival, and men should get their PSA levels checked annually after age 50. This is especially important if there is family history of prostate cancer.