Prostate Cancer: Protect Yourself with the FactsIN CANCER
Because prostate cancer has such a high incidence among Americans, 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:
- Age. Approximately two out of every three prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
- Race. Prostate cancer is more prevalent among African-American men than Caucasian men. It occurs less often in Asian men.
- Heredity. Your risk of prostate cancer increases based on the number of close family members who've been diagnosed with the disease, particularly if the relatives were young when they developed the disease.
Though prostate cancer often develops with no symptoms until later stages, it 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 have several options for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. These include radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, and surveillance. Talk to your physician today to learn more about how you can overcome prostate cancer.
|Screenings Detect Prostate Cancer Early|
To catch prostate cancer in the earliest stages, it's important to be screened regularly. The following tests allow your physician to catch prostate cancer in its earliest stages before it has spread to surrounding tissues and organs.