About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it (outside of skin cancer) the most common form of cancer in men in the America. Over 174,000 new cases of prostate cancer are detected nationwide each year, leading to 31,620 deaths. Our goal is to stymie those numbers in our community through early detection and advanced treatment options.
Are You at Risk?
The likelihood of prostate cancer increases with age, with it becoming the most common cause of death from cancer in men over the age of 75. However, age is not the only factor. Others who are at a higher risk are:
- African American
- Have a family history of prostate cancer
- Frequent alcohol use
- Eat a high-fat diet
- Are obese
- Have been around "Agent Orange"
- Are a Farmer, painter or tire plant worker
In its early life, prostate cancer often shows no symptoms. However, as prostate cancer grows, you may experience:
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Dribbling or leaking of urine
- Weak urinary stream
- Not being able to full empty your bladder
- Blood in urine or semen
- Pain or tenderness in lower back and pelvic region
Prostate cancer is diagnosed through a digital rectal exam as well as through a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test. PSA levels typically rise before any prostate cancer symptoms arise. A biopsy of suspicious areas may be necessary, followed by a diagnostic imaging to find out if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
Treatment depends on many factors - including your age, Gleason score and your general overall health. If the cancer has not spread beyond your prostate, common treatments include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Hormone Therapy
If it has spread, your doctor may recommend: