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725 Glenwood Drive, Suite E790
Chattanooga, TN 37404-1163
(423) 495-3068

Understanding Prostate Cancer

prostate cancer

The Facts:

  • 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.
  • One in six men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men after skin cancer.

One of the greatest areas of health concerns for men over the age of 45 today is their prostate as prostate cancer continues to be the most common noncutaneous type of cancer diagnosed in men.  

 

Prostate cancer is a group of cancerous cells (a malignant tumor) that begins most often in the outer part of the prostate.  Early prostate cancer usually does not cause any symptoms.  However, as the tumor grows, it may spread from the prostate to surrounding areas.  Change in urination, including increased frequency, hesitancy or dribbling of urine may be experienced.

Prostate cancer can spread from the prostate to nearby lymph nodes, bones or other organs. This spread is called metastasis.  For example, as a result of metastasis to the spine, some men experience back pain.

The overall prognosis for prostate cancer patients has dramatically improved compared with years ago. Over the past 20 years, the overall survival rates for all stages of prostate cancer combined have increased from 67% to 97%.  This means more men are living longer after diagnosis.  With greater awareness of the high incidence of the disease, it is now being found earlier and mortality rates are declining. This fact, coupled with new medical treatment options, provide new promise for victims of prostate cancer.  The vast majority of these patients will go on to live active and productive lives after treatment.  

Links to additional websites that may assist you in researching more information about prostate cancer.  

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Prostate Cancer Research Institute

Prostate Cancer:  The Public Health Perspective

Prostate.com

(Note: the above websites are not maintained by nor affiliated with Dr. Jackson.  Dr. Jackson is not responsible for the accuracy of their content.) 

For more information on Prostate Cancer in the Chattanooga, TN area call Lee Jackson, M.D. at (423) 495-3068!

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Lee Jackson, M.D.
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Chattanooga, TN 37404
(423) 495-3068

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