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People get up super early to wait in line for a Black Friday sale, they arrive at the airport extra early to avoid missing a flight, and some will even finish a work project early just to get it off the desk.
A prostate screening is just that: A minor undertaking that could ensure the patient is successfully treated for prostate cancer. Nearly 248,600 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society.
Yet more than 34,100 men are expected to die from the disease in 2021. If caught early, your survival rate increases dramatically.
So, put a screening on the calendar – for you or a loved one. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a whole month has been dedicated to improving our understanding of this disease.
Ready for your screening? This is what you can expect.
Just because a man feels healthy doesn’t mean his prostate is healthy. The prostate begins steadily growing at around the age of 25, and it never stops, which can make it more vulnerable to abnormal cell growth.
This growth is very slow-going, however, so symptoms of prostate cancer can be hard to recognize. These symptoms include increased urination, a weak urine stream, and difficulty with starting and stopping. Men with prostate cancer may also experience blood in their urine or semen, and pain in the lower back.
An early screening can detect prostate cancer even before the patient experiences symptoms. Common screening options include:
If the results are abnormal, the doctor may prescribe an ultrasound or biopsy.
Despite the high recovery rates among men whose prostate cancer is detected early, just 39% of men aged 55 to 69 underwent a PSA screening in 2018 (most recent research available). Among non-Hispanic Black men, it was 37%.
That decline is likely because in 2018, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended to slow PSA screenings, urologists are concerned this has led to a growing trend in patients presenting with advanced prostate cancer.
But as urologists, we know that if found early, prostate cancer is not only more effectively treatable, but the patient also is able to explore more options for treatment.
This month, let’s strive to raise these figures for two key reasons:
Other risk factors include genetics (family history), diet, obesity, and smoking.
Treatments can range from observation – some prostate cancers are so slow-growing they may not even cause symptoms – to prostate removal.
The earlier the screening, the better. Then you and your loved ones can enjoy the things in life that are worth waiting for.
Learn more about prostate cancer, diagnostics, and treatments by visiting our dedicated page here.
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