Prostate Cancer Myths, Realities and Development

Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. The prostate is a gland found only in males. It makes some of the fluid that is part of semen. The prostate is below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The size of the prostate changes with age. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men. About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 39 will die of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

The June edition of Your Health Connection on Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  aired on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. JaQuitta Williams is the host, and is a cancer survivor herself.   She was joined by Dr. Shafiq Khan, Scientific Director of the Center For Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University, to discuss prostate cancer myths, realities and development.

Listen to the show here.