The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ that produces prostate fluid, which is a part of the male semen. It is located just beneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate fluid aids in the success of the sperm to swim more freely after ejaculation. When the prostate gland swells or grows it will compress the urethra and cause irritation in the walls of the bladder. This will greatly affect the normal urination of an individual.
Prostate cancer at its early stage can develop slowly and does not metastasize until later. It is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. There are several types of prostate cancer and some types may need minimal or no treatment at all, while other forms can be aggressive and spread quickly.
A prostate cancer that is diagnosed early and it is still confined to the prostate gland, has a higher chance of being treated.
At its early stage, prostate cancer doesn’t exhibit any signs and symptoms, but as cancer progresses it will show the following symptoms:
- Problems with urinating including dribbling or leaking of urine, stuttered or weak stream
- Blood in the semen
- Pelvic discomfort
- Bone pain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
Like any cancer, the cause of prostate cancer is not known or specific. As always, cancer starts when there is abnormal production of immature cells that do not die. When this occurs, these cancer cells will invade other tissues and organs, causing their normal cells to be overpowered and unable to function properly.
Your chances of developing prostate cancer can include:
- Age. Older individuals have a higher risk of getting prostate cancer
- Family medical history. People who come from families with a history of having prostate cancer have a higher risk of developing one.
- Obesity. Obese individuals with prostate cancer will have difficulty in diagnosing and treatment of cancer.
If you think you are suffering from Prostate Cancer you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Prostate Cancer as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).