Prostate cancer is a diagnosis that all men rightfully dread.  Its symptoms are uncomfortable, and its eventual outcome is less than pleasant.  There is a great deal of hope in most prostate cancer diagnoses, though, particularly as it is such an operable form of cancer, if it has not yet metastasized, and because it is so often slow to develop.  In many cases, if the person who has prostate cancer is later in life, or has a particularly slow moving form of cancer, their doctor will postpone surgery or more drastic treatment to see if and how the cancer will further develop.

This is not to say that prostate cancer is an easy or painless illness.  The prostate gland is in close proximity to the urethra, and it naturally swells when it becomes cancerous (though there could be other reasons for its swelling as well).  When the prostate gland swells, it can often interfere with the urethra, causing various unpleasant symptoms and side effects.  Most of these side effects have to do with the proper elimination of urine.  It could become difficult for a person with prostate cancer to effectively urinate, just as it could become difficult for them to efficiently stop urinating.  Other symptoms may be blood that appears in the urine or in semen, or even trouble getting or keeping an erection.  Then again, there are some people who have prostate cancer that don’t experience any symptoms.

While some prostate cancers are very slow to develop and/or metastasize, others can be far more aggressive and enter the rest of the body quickly.  This is the worst variety, as once the cancer begins to spread throughout the body there is a far lower chance of being able to successfully remove it.  This is not to say that there is no hope left it has begun to spread to surrounding tissues.  If, however, the prostate cancer reaches a point where it has spread through the entire lymphatic system, then there is no longer any chance that the simple removal of the prostate would cure the patient.

If you have any of the symptoms of prostate cancer, then it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor.  If you are able to catch the cancer at an early stage, then your prognosis could be quite positive.  If, however, you keep putting off a doctor’s visit, then you take the risk of the cancer spreading to the surrounding tissue in your body, which significantly lowers your chances of survival.