While prostate cancer education is vital year round, the month of September is named as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time of year when people, health care experts, and caregivers make an extra effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer and educate those at risk.
As stated by the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer; but, did you know 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer?
This means more men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For men, those numbers jump to:
•1 in 5 if you're African-American
•1 in 3 if you have a family history of Prostate Cancer
Most are not familiar with where a prostate is, or what it does. In fact, many middle-aged American men don't know they have one. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men, and there are often no symptoms. About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year and just shy of 28,000 will die per year from the disease.
The Know Your Stats® campaign encourages men to know their prostate cancer risk and talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. There are nearly 3 million men in the U.S. who count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. If you know of a friend or family member who is at risk for prostate cancer, encourage them to visit KnowYourStats.org today to learn more about their prostate health.
We also encourage you to have an annual physical with your healthcare provider and discuss issues you may have including:
Weak or interrupted urine flow or the need to strain to empty the bladder
The urge to urinate frequently at night
Blood in the urine
Blood in the seminal fluid
New onset of erectile dysfunction
Pain or burning during urination, which is much less common
Discomfort or pain when sitting, caused by an enlarged prostate
Sometimes men with prostate cancer do not have any of these changes. However you should discuss all aspects of your health with your provider. Use the links below to find a family medicine provider or a urologist for your prostate health.