If you're like many American men, you rarely give a second thought to your prostate. But it may be time to think again. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of death from cancer for men. In fact, one-half of American men who live to be 70 will be diagnosed with the disease. The good news? When caught early, prostate cancer can be overcome.
Because prostate cancer has such a high incidence among American men, all men are at risk for the condition. Though scientists have been unable to identify the specific causes of prostate cancer, certain characteristics seem to increase your chances of developing the disease. Be aware of your risk factors. They may include any of the following:
- Seventy-five percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over 65 years old.
- Prostate cancer is most prevalent among African-Americans.
- Your risk of prostate cancer increases based on the number of close family members who've been diagnosed with the disease.
Genetic factors are especially significant for men diagnosed before they turn 60.
Though it often develops with no symptoms until later stages, prostate cancer may be characterized by the following. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor.
- pain or problems with urination
- blood in the urine or semen
- painful ejaculation
- frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have several options for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. These include radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, and surveillance.
To learn more about how to beat prostate cancer, talk with our Family Medicine Provider, Alison Shepherd, MSN, APRN, at East Arkansas Medical Group’s Family Medicine Clinic. Schedule your appointment today at www.ForrestCityAnytime.com.