September: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers among men in the United States, but is often able to be treated successfully.
Every September, in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Robert Lippitt and Dr. Adel Mohamed provide free prostate screenings for the men in our community. This year’s event will take place on our Clayton Campus on Wednesday, September 23 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. Call 888-977-3319 to schedule your appointment.
Here’s what you need to know about prostate cancer.
- Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States in 2015 there will be about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer and about 27,540 deaths from it.
- Prostate cancer is found mostly in older men aged 65 or older. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
- About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- It is the second leading cause of cancer death, behind only lung cancer.
- While this is a serious disease, most men diagnosed do not die from it. More than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed are still alive today.
There are very little to no symptoms or signs in the early stages of prostate cancer. More advanced cases will have symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the urine stream
- Blood in semen
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Bone pain
- Erectile dysfunction
The Risk Factors
- Older Age: The chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. About 6 in 10 cases are found in men over the age of 65.
- Race/ Ethnicity: Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than any other races. They are also more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men.
- Family History: Prostate cancer seems to run in some families, suggesting that in some cases their may be an inherited or genetic factor. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease.
- Diet: While the role of diet in prostate cancer isn’t clear, studies have shown that men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products appear to have a slightly higher chance of getting this disease. Other studies have suggested that men who consume a lot of calcium or dairy foods may have a higher risk.
- Obesity: Obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that’s more difficult to treat.
As always, it’s important to discuss with your doctor about any symptoms you might be experiencing and what your risk are for developing prostate cancer. For more about Johnston Health’s urology services or prostate screenings, click the desired links.