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About Prostate Cancer
In 2012, more than 241,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.1
Methodist Cancer Center is dedicated to providing the resources you need for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
What Is Prostate Cancer?
Cancer is the result of a mutation that causes otherwise normal cells to grow at an abnormal rate. A buildup of extra cells in the prostate can result in the formation of tumors, which may be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous).
Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a benign growth of prostate cells that is common in men over the age of 50. It is not cancer, and symptoms can be treated with medication or surgery.
What Are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?
While the exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, researchers have linked it to several risk factors. You may be at risk if you:
- Increasing age
- Have a personal or family history of prostate cancer
- African American males
- Exposure to some toxic agents such as Agent Orange
For more information about prostate cancer treatment at the Methodist Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call us at 713-790-2700.
1 American Cancer Society