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What is Prostate Cancer?

What is prostate cancer? It's a cancer that develops in the prostate gland, and there are signs of prostate cancer that you should look out for.

What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is surprisingly common and will affect 1 in every 6 men. Some of the side effects are urinary and sexual complications.

The prostate is a walnut sized gland found only in men that aids in sexual function. It produces a fluid that helps sperm cells exit your body. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher explains how the prostate functions and what happens when cancer develops in that area.

Prostate cancer develops when normal cells in the prostate gland mutate or divide abnormally and become cancerous. These hard clusters of cells usually grow slowly and often remain in the prostate for many years before spreading to other parts of the body. In some cases, however, prostate cancer can grow and spread rapidly.

Signs of prostate cancer and prostate problems in general can include symptoms such as weak urination, blood in the urine or semen, difficult or painful urination, or frequent urges to urinate. Advanced prostate cancer can also have those symptoms, but you may also have dull pain in the back, spine, pelvis, or hips.

Paul Knoepflmacher, MD

This video features Paul Knoepflmacher, MD. Dr. Knoepflmacher is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he also maintains a private practice.

Duration: 3:30. Last Updated On: Feb. 8, 2018, 8:55 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Helen Maliagros Scott, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Feb. 8, 2018
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