Prostate Cancer

Urologist showing scans to male patientProstate cancer, affecting a gland below a man’s bladder, is most common among older men, though other risk factors include family history and race. Symptoms include urination problems and lower back pain. The cancer can be diagnosed by a rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Treatments include watchful waiting, surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

For information on cancer screening, see our Cancer Screening page.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This app provides easy-to-understand information about prostate cancer written by patients., including facts about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. Less than $10. iOS, Android.

The Cancer Guide lets you track symptoms, appointments, and treatments, and it provides information about cancer treatment and survivorship. Free. iOS.

The National Cancer Institute’s mobile site provides topic areas to search and contact information for the NCI. Freely available in English and Spanish.


Resources selected by Terri Ottosen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed July 11, 2023

Last updated July 11, 2023 at 12:46 pm