Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer forms in the prostate, a gland located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in males. In the United States, a man has a one in five chance of being diagnosed with this disease in his lifetime. But there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding prostate cancer, including how it’s detected and how it’s managed and treated.
With the help of Mark Pomerantz, MD, a medical oncologist in the Genitourinary Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we go over some of those common myths and talk about the latest treatment options for prostate cancer.
This is an episode of Cancer Mythbusters, a Dana-Farber podcast.
- 1:00: Whether prostate cancer only arises in older people
- 3:08: Does a high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level mean that you have cancer?
- 7:00: Addressing the myth that active surveillance is not a good treatment approach
- 10:00: Whether surgery for prostate cancer can negatively affect a patient’s sex life
- 11:55: Common signs and symptoms of prostate cancer