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Prostate cancer: To treat or not to treat

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men in the United States. In fact, an estimated one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and the likelihood of being diagnosed increases with age. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and more than 29,000 men will die of the disease this year.

But does that mean your localized prostate cancer will require treatment? Odds are – no.

Don't ignore blood in urine

Blood in urine

As I am sure all Royals baseball fans know, Matt Harvey, the Mets pitcher who started the 14-inning marathon that was World Series game 1 in 2015, developed a urinary tract infection resulting in a painful blood clot he eventually passed with his urine.

Potty humor aside, and understanding that Royal fans would never think this was karma, Harvey’s story highlights a potentially dangerous situation that should never be ignored.

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