Getting regular thorough check-ups are vital for obtaining information about what is going on with your health. It is also important for your health to make your doctor aware of certain problems you may have or is experiencing as well as your family history of certain diseases. Over 50% of all deaths are cancer related and some of those cases could have been reversed if those patients had adequate knowledge about what signs, symptoms or tests to ask for. Prostate Cancer is a prime example of what many men is the leading cause of most deaths in men due to the lack of information and awareness. In fact, the National Cancer Institute estimates that about over 192,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S this year. It has also been estimated that over 27,000 men are expected to die from the disease.
Prostate cancer is an abnormality which forms in the tissues of a gland, known as the prostate, in the male reproductive system which is found under the bladder in front of the rectum. The prostate is responsible for making part of the seminal fluid which helps carry sperm from the man’s body. A healthy prostate’s size averages the size of a walnut. If the prostate is enlarged, it will squeeze the urethra and may either slow or stop normal flow of urine.
There are some risk factors which put certain men at greater risks of developing prostate cancer which are listed below.
- Race – African American men are 60% more likely than any other race to develop prostate cancer and 2.4 more times likely to die from it.
– Family History â€“ If a man has a family history of the disease his odds of developing it are doubled.
– Age â€“ As men age, their chances of developing prostate cancer increases
In order for a man to be certain rather he has it or not, he must undergo two screenings known as Prostate Specific Antigen or PSA and the Digital Rectum Examine or DRE. Since African American men are at higher risks for developing prostate cancer it is highly recommended for them to get tested at the age of 40 while all others get tested at 50 years of age. To ensure a man has everything under control, it’s highly recommend for him to ask for yearly prostate examines from then on out.
A great way to keep track possible changes in the prostate is by keeping track of the PSA score given after examination. This will allow you to get a better outlook on your health and future.
While prostate cancer is very common in the United States, it is estimated that 1 out of 6 men will face prostate cancer. However, many of those men live health and happy lives after diagnosis. In other words there is a big chance a man may beat the odds when taking the proper measures when it comes to diagnosis, getting treatment and following doctors’ orders.
Men should become aware that not everyone may experience signs or symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer. Signs and symptoms such as blood in urine, blood in the semen and difficulty urinating may not be noticed until the disease has advanced.