Prostate Cancer

"You are Your Best Doctor"

Prostate cancer symptoms or early screening prostate cancer detection

This is not a medical site, we are not doctors here. This is a site that has gathered information and is presenting it for informational purposes only. After researching prostate cancer information for the documentary, we are sharing this information with you. As with all information regarding your health, it is best you talk to a physician regarding the information provided here. You are your best doctor.

Prostate cancer is a man's disease. The reason being, the prostate gland resides in men only. The prostate is part of the urinary and reproductive system. As you can see from the picture below, it sits under the bladder. Urine and seminal fluid all go through the urethra and out of the penis.

prostate gland

Prostate cancer starts in the prostate and it can come out of the prostate and affect the lymphodes or bones and eventually gets into the blood stream and travels somewhere else.

That is why it is so important to get screened. You need to get a PSA blood test and a DRE. Now, these tests won't tell you that you have prostate cancer, but it will be a good indicator. Only a biopsy can tell you if you have prostate cancer. That is something that can be done in a doctor's office.

"...I didn't understand it; I didn't have any symptoms at all."

~ F. Jackson, (High PSA level at 68!) Prostate Cancer Survivor

This is your chance to view the DVD on prostate cancer. It is available today. Learn more.

There are screening organizations that will hold health fairs and do prostate screening for you free of charge. One of the organizations in particular in Los Angeles, is the "Real Men Cook" Foundation. (Check the side bar for upcoming screenings.) They have these screenings periodically throughout the year. Check with them for information that they may have for your area.

If you are thinking about cost, gentlemen, it is a FREE screening. You just need to go through the process. Ladies, this is an opportunity to drag the men (father, husband or older son) in your life to the free screening. It is a really simple process. Just show up and do paperwork, take a blood test and a digital examination. That is all that you have to do. In several weeks you will get your results, and for those who may need it ( hopefully not), a possible follow-up with a doctor. We hope the best for you.

You've got questions,
then you need the Prostate Cancer Ebook Guide. Learn more.

Some symptoms of prostate cancer

Many men with prostate cancer often have no symptoms. If symptoms appear, they can include:
  • Blood in the urine
  • The need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Pain or burning feeling while urinating
  • The inability to urinate
  • Constant pain in the lower back, pelvis, or upper thighs

If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. Keep in mind that these symptoms are also caused by other prostate problems that are not cancerous, such as an infection or an enlarged prostate.

The graph below shows that in 2006, black men were more likely to die of prostate cancer than any other group. White men had the second highest rate of deaths from prostate cancer, followed by men who are Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander.

Graph by Race

Incidence source: Combined data from the National Program of Cancer Registries as submitted to CDC on January 2009 and from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program submitted to NCI on November 2008.

Prostate Cancer Death Rates by Ethnicity in Men Aged 45 and Above 1998

70.7 men per 100,000 men of all races and ethnic groups combined die of prostate cancer. In African-American men, however, the death rate is 159.7 per 100,000. The death rate is 64.4 in white men; 47.6 in Hispanic men, 37.2 in American Indian and Alaska Native men, and 26.4 in Asian and Pacific Islander men.

Lifetime risk of prostate cancer in African-American men

An African-American man in his lifetime has about a:
  • 19 percent chance (1 in 5) of being diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • 5 percent chance (1 in 20) of dying from prostate cancer

There are men who have symptoms like frequent urination, etc. But there are some men who have no symptoms at all (A Silent Killer). In most cases it takes a PSA/DRE test to see that something could be wrong which can lead to, with your doctor's help, a biopsy.

Please go to the FREE screenings that are happening in Los Angeles (or your city.) You should look around for health fairs. Every September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. But we believe here at "Prostate Care Today" that every month should be Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

"...basically I really thank the "Real Men Cook" Foundation, by me coming to the screening basically help saved my life."

~ C. White, Prostate Cancer Survivor

When you find out that you have prostate cancer

Remember, detection is not always a death sentences.

As an African-American man you should be concerned about prostate health. There is clear evidence that the African American male is nearly twice as likely to develop prostate cancer compared to the white male. Indeed, the highest rate of prostate cancer in the United States is found in the African-American male.

When your doctor tells you that you have prostate cancer, there are other men who have gone through what you are about to go through. Some of these men are like road maps. Call up the "Real Men Cook" Foundation and talk to men who teach about prostate cancer and at one time, had prostate cancer. There is no blind leading the blind here. They're here to guide you.

"Early prostate cancer can be treated. When it spreads, we can only slow it down or treat the symptoms."

~ E. Skinner, MD

This is your chance to view the DVD on prostate cancer. It is available today. Learn more.

Do you like getting more information so you can ask your doctor questions?

For more information, you can purchase the Ebook Guide "on prostate screenings." The documentary DVD, The "Silent Killer: Prostate Cancer" is now available.

Now you have a chance to own the award-winning documentary for yourself or to buy for someone else.

To help African American men understand both sides of the issue, the CDC has developed a helpful guide specific for African-American men. For additional information on prostate cancer, go to the C.D.C., Prostate Cancer Foundation, and "Real Men Cook" Foundation. The decision is yours.

Or you can go to our check out "The Silent Killer: Prostate Cancer" the documentary DVD or purchase the "The African-American Guide To Prostate Cancer Screening" today.

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You can get the eBook called, "Can you... Cancer Proof Your Prostate," (Of course you can't cancer proof yourself, it is just the title.) when you make a donation to this site to help with prostate cancer screenings, defraying the maintenance cost, and for gathering information and presenting it here just for the African-American community.

It is our very special bonus for you, as we say, "Thank You!" We want you to know that a portion of the proceeds from donations, sale of the Ebooks and DVD will go to the Foundation for the early detection of prostate cancer screening program for the "Underserved Man." Also, we welcome and need your comments to help better the contents of this site. Be well. Thank you. Remember, this site is always a work in progress with your help.

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