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Prostate Cancer

What is it?


The prostate is a gland in men that is about the size of a walnut. It lies below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Part of the tube that takes urine out of the body (urethra) goes through the prostate. Sometimes, the prostate can cause problems. Three types of prostate problems are:


Benign Prostatic Hyperlasia or BPH

After age 40 it is common for a man’s prostate glan to get larger.This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. BPH does not indicate or cause prostate cancer. A man can have BPH and have no problems at all. Or have problems with urinating from BPH.BPH can block the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes BPH can cause kidneys to stop working.



Prostates happens when the prostate gland gets inflamed (swollen and painful), prostates is not cancer prostates can be an infection caused by bacteria or it can occur for unknown  reasons It  can be short ,one time thing or it can come back over and over again. Prostatis can happen in men of ant age.


Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is more common in older men and those who were veterans of the Vietnam War and exposed to Agent Orange. If prostate cancer is caught early it can be cured. In most men prostate cancer grows very slowly. Prostate cancer can cause serious medical problems and sometimes death that’s why IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND AND TREAT EARLY. There are no early symptoms with early prostate cancer; you must see a doctor or other health professional regularly to be able to find it.


How can you tell you have it?


Not all prostate problems cause the same symptoms. Some cause no symptoms at all. Below are some common symptoms.


Possible signs


•A weak flow of urine or urinating more often

•Having to get up at night to urinate

•Blood in urine

•Trouble starting to urinate

•Trouble waiting to urinate

•Urine flow that starts and stops

•Pain or burning during urination

Remember that early diction is key in curing prostate Disease


What can you do about it?


Follow these important guidelines

•If you are more than 40 years old, have a prostate exam every year.

•If you have symptoms see your Doctor right away.

•If you have prostate disease ask your doctor for treatment choices

•Follow your treatment exam exactly.

•Keep your doctor informed.




Vietnam in country veterans and some in Korea during the Vietnam War may be due compensation from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who were diagnosed in service or within one year of discharge are also due compensation.


For more information call 502-384-5346 or contact your State Department of Veterans Affairs




All ages can help create awareness and education about Vietnam Veterans and Prostate Cancer by supporting the great work of the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coaltion.

The Heather French Foundation for Veterans proudly supports the work of the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition and their Free Screenings at the KY State Fair.

Since 2004, the foundation has assisted the KY Prostate Cancer Coalition with FREE Prostate Cancer Screenings at the KY State Fair.  Today, we have assisted over 16,000 men and countless Vietnam Veterans with screenings and information associated with Prostate Cancer.

© 2014 by Heather French Foundation for Veterans, Inc.

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