The physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers are aware of how often men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as how success of treatments depends on how early cases are diagnosed. In observance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month each September, the practice encourages men to be mindful of the disease and encourages them to get active in their health management.
Through awareness programs, such as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, increased early detection has led to a decrease in mortality rates among men with prostate cancer. According to a 2017 study, screening rates for prostate cancer have now stabilized, and about one in three men 50 years or older still receives routine screening. This is good news, but we need to continue in the right direction by keeping awareness a priority.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Prostate cancer occurs when cancer cells develop in or around the prostate. It is the most diagnosed cancer in men in the United States each year, and according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), approximately 11.2 percent of all men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease at some point during their lifetime. The NCI projects more than 174,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2018, and an estimated 31,000 men will die from the disease.
Increasing early detection is helped by increased knowledge for men to better understand risk factors. With regard to age, the majority of prostate cancer is found in men over the age of 65. African American men have greater incidence and death rates for prostate cancer, than other races, although prostate cancer occurs more in North America and northwestern Europe.
The chances of developing prostate cancer rise when immediate family members have the disease. Diets that include a lot of red meat and/or high-fat dairy products can yield a greater risk of prostate cancer, and those who do not regularly exercise may have increased risks of prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Usually, the early stages of prostate cancer are often asymptomatic, or without obvious symptoms. However, any of the symptoms listed below should be viewed as a potential warning sign requiring investigation include trouble having or keeping an erection, blood in urine, pain in the spine, hips, ribs or other bones, weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, and loss of bladder or bowel control
Prostate Cancer Screening
Screening tests are performed to determine the presence of abnormal or cancerous cells in the prostate. According to the 2018 screening guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, men aged 55 to 69 should have a discussion with their doctor about the potential benefits and harms of screening. An in-depth discussion with a doctor about these risks enables informed, individualized decision-making incorporating each person’s values and preferences in the decision. Screening is not recommended for men 70 years and older, as the potential benefits of screening at that age do not outweigh the expected harms.
Resources for Men to Get Active in Raising Awareness
Want to support prostate cancer research in your community or at your office? Want to hold a fundraising and awareness event? September, National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is the perfect time to bring PCF’s mission to your workplace by ‘Going Blue.’ Those interested in driving Going Blue programs themselves are welcome to download and print patient resources.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Treat Prostate Cancer
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with prostate cancer. Comprehensive participates in world-class clinical research, which has helped bring new therapies for prostate cancer into mainstream as an option for use in successful treatment outcomes. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.