What Is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Why Should It be Important to You?

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Prostate cancer is a common cancer among men, and more than 200,000 men this year will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Nearly 30,000 will die from complications of the disease. However, in many cases, the disease is treatable when it’s caught in its earliest stages. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to generate awareness of the early symptoms of prostate cancer, provide men with information on treatment options, and help men make lifestyle changes to prevent prostate cancer from occurring.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

 

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, many patients will not experience any symptoms of prostate cancer at its earliest stages. This is why it’s important to get preventative testing done after 50 or 40 if you have a family history. Many people who are diagnosed with prostate cancer first learn about it after preventative testing. However, prostate cancer could present specific urinary and sexual signs that you may want to get checked out if you experience them:

  • Frequent urination or urge to urinate, especially during the night
  • Inability to maintain an erection
  • Weak flow of urine
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent pain in the lower back

 

Obviously, this is not a complete list, and these symptoms may develop from a number of conditions. Therefore, it’s always important to seek a doctor’s opinion if you notice changes in your body. Your doctor will most likely ask about your family’s history and conduct diagnostic tests. The standard for prostate cancer diagnostic testing is still the PSA test.

Treatments for Prostate Cancer

 

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In some cases, if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, treatment options will depend on myriad factors, including the stage of the disease, the patient’s health, the patient’s age, and the patient’s personal preferences. In some cases, the doctor might recommend active monitoring as prostate cancer is a slow-moving cancer. If medical intervention is recommended, there options include chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery to remove the prostate.

 

Each has its own benefits and side effects that should be considered when determining a treatment option. For example, prostate removal surgery may have the quickest recovery time, but it can also cause urinary leakage. Luckily, incontinence supplies for men have gone a long way to help men maintain a normal day-to-day life. Still, it’s something to consider if you must choose a treatment option.

 

If you are a male who hasn’t been to the doctor in a while, it may be in your best interest to make an appointment today to catch up on any screenings that are appropriate. National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month was designed to not only create awareness about prostate cancer, but to encourage men to take ownership of their overall health.

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