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About Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Information

According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States.  In fact, one in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  Men with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop the disease.  

Published data suggests that one of the most important factors in treating prostate cancer is early diagnosis and accurate treatment by experienced surgeons. We have one of the most experienced teams for urologic cancer, demonstrating our commitment to providing our patients with world-class health care and the most effective treatment options available today.

Before a treatment plan is determined, however, it is important to understand the disease and to research all the options available.  

  • Prostate cancer strikes 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
  • Nearly 220,000 patients in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the next year
  • With early diagnosis and treatment, survival rates are over 90%
  • Early recovery of continence and potency is possible and, with the latest medical advancements, probable

Prostate Cancer and Risk Factors

  • Age:  Age is the main risk factor for prostate cancer, and the disease is rare in men younger than 45; however, with advanced screening, men as young as 30 have been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer at our facility.  The chance of getting prostate cancer goes up sharply as a man gets older. In the United States, most men with prostate cancer are older than 65.
  • Family History: A man’s risk is higher if his father or brother had prostate cancer.
  • Race: Prostate cancer is more common in African American men than in white men, including Hispanic white men. It is less common in Asian and Native American men.
  • Certain prostate changes: Men with cells called high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) may be at increased risk for prostate cancer. These prostate cells look abnormal under a microscope.
  • Diet: Some studies suggest that men who eat a diet high in animal fat or meat may be at increased risk for prostate cancer. Men who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Typically, there are no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer, but any urinary problems should be evaluated by a physician. Call your doctor if you experience:

  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Weak urine flow
  • Urine flow that starts and stops (or is difficult to start or stop)
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Blood in the urine and semen
  • Pain in the lower back, hips and thighs
  • Difficulty achieving an erection

Prostate Cancer Treatment – Consider the Options

The suitability of prostate cancer treatment options must be based on a number of factors, including:

  • Stage of prostate cancer
  • Current state of health and age
  • Personal preferences
  • Side effects of the different treatment options

Prostatectomy is the most common prostate cancer treatment for early-stage localized cancer in the United States today. Florida Hospital is proud to offer the most advanced form of prostate cancer surgery practiced today – robotic prostatectomy. The da Vinci® prostatectomy offers tremendous benefits over traditional surgical procedures (open or laparoscopic).

At Florida Hospital, we have your best interests in mind. Our leading surgeons, dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities offer the most advanced procedures in a compassionate environment.

For more prostate cancer information or to learn about candidacy requirements for robotic prostatectomy, contact us today.