Prostate Cancer Overview
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer occurring in men. Usually, prostate cancer develops slowly and is originally restricted to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need very basic or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer that’s detected in its early stages — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland— has a better chance of successful treatment.
On Tuesday, Ben Stiller appeared on “The Howard Stern Show,” where the actor revealed that two years ago, he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.
Soon after his Howard Stern appearance, the “Zoolander” star published a blog post containing more of the story of his diagnosis, in which he recalls what it was like to hear the word “cancer” in a doctor’s office.
He describes it as feeling very much like a scene from a movie:
“As my new, world-altering doctor spoke about cell cores and Gleason scores, probabilities of survival, incontinence and impotence, why surgery would be good and what kind would make the most sense, his voice literally faded out like every movie or TV show about a guy being told he had cancer … a classic Walter White moment, except I was me, and no one was filming anything at all.”
Today, Stiller is cancer-free, and he’s using his story to call on more men to stay on top of their health.
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. If detected, however, the cure rate is nearly 100%, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Detecting prostate cancer is a matter of simple screenings performed by your doctor, but therein lies the problem.
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