Research into prostate cancer – the most common non-skin cancer in American men – has helped lower the U.S. death rate by more than 50%.
Approximately 13 out of 100 American men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, with two to three dying from it. African-Americans and those with a family history of the disease are at a higher risk for the disease. Still, it remains a cancer that many men don’t want to think or talk about.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, an opportune time to discuss the disease with your physician. Jefferson Surgical Clinic offers prostate cancer screenings to help detect the cancer early, leading to easier treatment.
The prostate is a walnut-sized part of the male reproductive system, located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate, which tends to grow larger as a man ages, produces fluid that is found in semen.
Some men do not experience prostate cancer symptoms, but symptoms may include:
- Interrupted or weak urine flow
- Problems starting urination
- Painful urination or ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent urination
- Relenting back, hip or pelvis pain
When Should You Be Screened?
Because there are some possible harms from cancer screening and diagnosis, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that men between the ages of 55-69 consult with their doctors about being screened using a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. It is not recommended for men 70 and older to be routinely screened.
The concern with prostate cancer treatment is that many forms of the disease are slow growing and may never cause problems for the individual. Treating the cancer has the potential to cause complications that were ultimately unnecessary. However, because prostate cancer can be deadly, it cannot be disregarded by patients and doctors.
For more information on prostate cancer, call Jefferson Surgical Clinic at 540-283-6000.