September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s some information from the CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) to help you learn how to detect the disease and what to do if you think you have it.
Who’s At Risk
All men are at risk for prostate cancer. Out of every 100 American men, about 13 will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and about 2 to 3 men will die from prostate cancer.
The most common risk factor is age. The older a man is, the greater the chance of getting prostate cancer.
Some men are at increased risk for prostate cancer. You are at increased risk for getting or dying from prostate cancer if you are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer.
What Are The Symptoms
If you have any of the following symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away.
- Difficulty starting urination.
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
- Frequent urination, especially at night.
- Difficulty emptying the bladder completely.
- Pain or burning during urination.
- Blood in the urine or semen.
- Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.
- Painful ejaculation.
Keep in mind that these symptoms may be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.
Who Should Be Screened?
- Men who are 55 to 69 years old should make individual decisions about being screened with a PSA test.
- Talk with your doctor to help you make the decision.
- Men 70+ should not routinely be screened.