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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What is prostate Cancer?

The prostate is a gland located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around a tube, called the urethra, that carries urine and semen out of the penis. The prostate’s main job is to make fluid for semen.

Cancer is a growth of odd cells in the body. Prostate cancer is a disease that affects the prostate gland. The cancer begins inside the prostate and may grow over the whole gland. It may also spread outside the gland. Some prostate cancers grow slowly; others grow fast and spread to other parts of the body.

Should I be Screened?

Every man needs to know the pros and cons of prostate cancer screenings. The more you know about your risk for prostate cancer, the more information you will have to make the right choice for you. A man should make that choice with his doctor or nurse. For information on the screening guidelines recommended by the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, please call us at 1-800-338-1383.

What are my chances of getting prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer can happen to men of all ages and races. Black men and men with close family members who have had prostate cancer are at higher risk. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer (other than skin cancer) in American men. It is found most often in men 50 and older. Still, men 40 and older, especially those at higher risk, should talk with their doctor.

According to the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry, every year 2,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 300 men die from the disease. In Arkansas, men die at a higher rate from prostate cancer than women die from breast cancer.

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