Researchers recently discovered that defects, or mutations, in certain genes that normally play a maintenance role in the body increase the risk for metastatic prostate cancer, the variety that's hardest to treat. This finding has important implications for men with advanced prostate cancer—and for their families as well.
The cause of bacterial prostatitis is obvious and easy to detect—infection with some type of bacteria. But why some men develop the more common, nonbacterial form is puzzling.
Too many older adults continue to undergo unnecessary cancer screenings despite age- and health-related recommendations from professional groups. When it comes to PSA screening, there are no hard-and-fast rules, but here's what you should consider before you decide to stop—or continue—having the test.
Active surveillance offers some men who have a prostate cancer the option of careful monitoring with the intention to treat for cure should the disease change over time. Find out which men are potential candidates and what active surveillance entails.
Men who consume soy foods may be at lower risk for prostate cancer, according to an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of 30 observational studies, published in the journal Nutrients earlier this year.
Men with advanced prostate cancer are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis. Here's why--and what they should do to detect the condition and help prevent it.
If the results from a man's digital rectal exam (DRE), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, or both suggest prostate cancer may be present, a transrectal ultrasound with a prostate biopsy is typically the next step.
Some men will need to undergo a bone scan to determine whether their prostate cancer has spread to the bones. Here's a look at when the test is likely to be ordered.
Guidelines from professional groups, including the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Urological Association, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force advise men to discuss the pros and cons of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening with their doctors. To help you decide whether screening is right for you, consider these six key questions and discuss them with your doctor.
An elevated PSA level doesn't always mean that a man has prostate cancer. Conversely, a normal PSA level doesn't always mean he doesn't have it. Here's what men should know about factors that can affect their PSA test results.
Each year, about 1 million prostate biopsies are performed in the United States, and of those, about one in three are cancerous. If you need to have the procedure, here's what to expect.
Men with prostate cancer have four main options for treatment: active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation therapy, and brachytherapy. Here's how they compare.
Active surveillance offers men who have a prostate cancer that is unlikely to cause harm without treatment the option of careful monitoring with the intention to treat for cure should the disease change over time. Read on to find out if you might be a candidate.
As a man ages, his risk of developing prostate cancer increases dramatically. Besides increasing age, several factors boost the risk of prostate cancer. Find out what they are--and how they impact prostate cancer screening recommendations.
Many—but not all—men with pelvic pain and other symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) have clear evidence of prostate inflammation. Conversely, some men who have prostatic inflammation experience no symptoms at all. Recent research may help explain why.