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192,000. Nearly the population of Grand Rapids, Michigan. That is how many cases of prostate cancer are expected to be diagnosed 2020 – up from 175,000 in 2019.
We have the ability to reverse course, starting today. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, when all men and the people who care about them should take time to learn about the walnut-sized gland and the symptoms of this fairly common disease.
So let’s do that. Following is the latest research into prostate cancer development, with four of our own tips for reducing the risks.
The Faster the Prostate Grows, the Higher the Chances
For background, it’s helpful to know that the prostate, located between the bladder and the penis, begins a continuous period of growth at around the time a man turns 25. The rate of this growth could contribute to the risk of cancer, because when the prostate grows, its cells divide.
When a cell divides, it must copy its DNA – and sometimes it does so imperfectly. If the DNA in these new cells is defective, then the cells will grow abnormally and could form a tumor.
Just 10% of prostate cancers are thought to result from inherited gene changes,according to the American Cancer Society, which means the lion’s share are developed during a man’s lifetime. Of those lifetimes, one in nine men will be diagnosed at some time. The average age of prostate cancer diagnosis is 66.
Not all men are average, however, which is why men of all ages should be aware of the symptoms.
4 Easy Ways to Improve Prostate Health
Prostate cancer is highly treatable, so knowing the symptoms is among the easiest, best ways to outlive it. If caught early, the disease has a five-year survival rate of 98%.
Here’s how to spot those symptoms and other preventative measures.
Lastly, talk about prostate cancer, and prostate health. There’s a good chance most men you know will be eager to take up the conversation. And if there are any questions, call your urologist. We continually examine the latest opportunities in prostate cancer detection, treatments and prevention.
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Rarely in my career as a urologist have I been more concerned about men proactively protecting themselves from prostate cancer. The reason to be proactive is fairly well known. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. It trails only lung cancer. Far less well known, and the reason I’m concerned, is…