A Word From Our Experts
April is National Cancer Control Month. To help increase cancer awareness, we bring you an article from Union Hospital Oncologist, Dr. Fahd Rahman, regarding prostate cancer in men.
Fahd Rahman, MD
Prostate Cancer: What Men Need to Know
The Bad News
According to American Cancer Society 1 out of every 7 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. An estimated 161,360 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 26,730 American men will die from the disease in the year 2017. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death in American men.
The Good News
For some cancers, screening tests can be used to help diagnose at the stages before symptoms can develop. Symptoms typically occur in patients with more advanced stages of cancers which are typically harder to treat. For prostate cancers, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examinations have been used as screening techniques.
When to Take Action
Starting at age 50, you should talk to your physician to determine if testing for prostate cancer is the right choice for you. African-American men and men who have a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 should talk to their physician at age 40-45. Men who choose to get the screening tests and have an abnormal digital rectal exam or high PSA test levels should see a specialist to discuss whether getting a biopsy to rule out prostate cancer is the right choice for them.
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