Editor’s note: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Charles C. Thomas of the Macon Cancer Center shares information on its prevention and treatment.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in this country. It will affect about one in six men in their lifetime. I have practiced medicine for greater than 30 years, and as a young man, this was most commonly diagnosed by producing urinary obstruction or the cancer spreading to bony structures and producing severe pain in the back, pelvis and hips.
All cancers have two basic properties. They have local invasive and destructive growth, much like ivy or kudzu in your yard, and they have the ability to make cells or seeds that spread to distant body sites and these are called metastases.