Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted Sep 16, 2015 | Posted in News & Events

September: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

WEB-Prostate Screening Flyer_2015Prostate 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.

The Facts

  • 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.

The Symptoms

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.

 

Sources: American Cancer Society and Mayo Clinic

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5 responses to “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”

  1. I’m not positive where you are getting your information, but good topic.
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  2. Thanks for your comment about how prostate cancer is so common among men that it should be checked and treated by a medical professional. I like how you said that one of the symptoms is pain in the bones. My father has been feeling bone pain symptoms recently, and he is considering doctors for prostate treatment.

  3. Men beware!
    Read the sad truth about prostate cancer over testing and treatment, dangers and exploitation for profit.

    The man who invented the PSA test, Dr. Richard Ablin now calls it: “the Great Prostate Mistake, Hoax and a Profit-Driven Public Health Disaster”.

    Your life or your quality of life may depend on reading this document.
    Prostate cancer dirty secrets, lies, exaggerations, deceptions and elder abuse.
    A prostate cancer survival guide by a patient and victim.
    Men, avoid the over diagnosis and unnecessary treatment of prostate cancer.

    In my opinion:
    Read the hard facts about prostate cancer testing and treatment that no one will tell you about, even after it’s too late. This is information all men over 50 should have. Also, anyone concerned about cancer in general, dangers from clinical trials, injuries and deaths from medical mistakes, exploitation, elder abuse, HIPAA laws and privacy issues should read this document. Prostate cancer patients are often elderly, over treated, misinformed and exploited for huge profits by predatory doctors. The testing, treatment and well documented excessive over treatment for profit of prostate cancer often results in devastating and unnecessary side effects and sometimes death. At times profit vs. QOL (quality of life). Gleason 6 (3+3) is a pseudo-¬cancer mislabeled as a cancer. It does not need detection or treatment.

    Facts per some studies:
    1. Multiple studies have verified more harm and deaths caused from prostate cancer testing and treatment then from prostate cancer itself.
    2. Extensively documented unnecessary testing and treatment of prostate cancer for profit or poor judgment by some doctors in the USA.
    3. Medical mistakes are the third cause of deaths in the USA (over 251,000 deaths a year, over one million deaths in 4 years) more then suicide, firearms and motor vehicle accidents combined.
    4. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his life.
    5. About 233,000 new cases per year of prostate cancer.
    6. 1 million dangerous prostate blind biopsies are performed per year in the USA.
    7. 6.9% hospitalization within 30 days from a prostate biopsy complication.
    8. About 1.3 to 3.5 deaths per 1,000 from prostate blind biopsies.
    9. .2% to 1.2% deaths as a result of prostate cancer surgery.
    10. A study of early-stage prostate cancer found no difference in surviving at 10 years whether men had surgery, radiation or monitoring (no treatment).
    11. Low risk Gleason 3+3=6 “cancer” lacks the hallmarks of a cancer yet it is often aggressively treated.
    12. Prostate cancer patients are at an increased risk for chronic fatigue, depression, suicide and heart attacks.
    13. Depression in prostate cancer patients is about 27% and 22% at 5 years, for advanced prostate cancer patient’s depression is even higher.
    14. 75% to 90% of oncologists would refuse chemotherapy if they had cancer.
    15. The National Cancer Institute says approximately 40 to 50% of men with low to moderate grade Prostate cancer will have a recurrence after treatment.
    16. 62% to 75% of bankruptcies in America are because of medical bills.

    $Follow the money$: If a surgeon is financially responsible for a building lease, a large staff or an oncologist is also responsible for a lease on multimillions of dollars in radiation treatment equipment, do you think they would be more or less honest about the benefits and hazards of treatment? Do you think the profit margin would compromise some doctor’s ethics? Typically, what is the purpose in over testing and treating a cancer that often will not spread and the testing and treatment frequently causes lower QOL (quality of life), ED, incontinence, depression, fatigue, suicide, etc if it was not extremely profitable? The medical field is alluding to the fact that prostate cancer testing and treatment may do more harm then good. The U.S. Advisory Panel is now recommending for prostate cancer PSA testing and screening: for men 55 to 69 “letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctors”. For men over 70, no testing at all is recommended. However this may not protect men from predatory doctors exploiting them. Patients usually follow a doctor’s recommendation. Do you think any regulatory agency will stop the exploitation of elderly men with a high PSA or prostate cancer or approve new treatments at the risk of financially bankrupting thousands of treatment facilities and jeopardizing thousands more jobs? Do you think any regulatory agency will set guidelines for testing and treatment at the risk of upsetting the doctors who are profiting from over treating? Some drugs and treatments for prostate cancer and ED are kept very expensive and newer or less expensive and effective drugs and treatments are seldom approved, for maximum profit. Prostate cancer patients are often elderly and exploited for profit, the treatments offered has horrible side effects, and newer treatment options are either unavailable or not offered to patients or available outside the USA. Prostate cancer is often slow growing and of low risk and can just be monitored. Often no treatment is the best treatment. Over testing and treatment has been verified by numerous experts, studies and investigations, documentation, etc.

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