GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT
Today, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men globally. Worldwide, more than 1.4 million men are diagnosed with this disease each year. Know the facts and get to the bottom of it early.
EARLY DETECTION IS KEY
The difference between early detection and late detection can be life and death.
PROSTATE CANCER, WHO’S AT RISK?
Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men.
Men of African or Caribbean descent and men with a family history (a brother or father diagnosed) are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.
If you’re 50, you should be talking to your doctor about PSA testing.
If you’re of African or Caribbean descent, you need to start that conversation at 45.
And, above all, if you have a brother or father with prostate cancer in their history, do it at 45.
WHAT’S A PSA TEST?
Get to the bottom of it, a PSA test is a simple routine blood test. It’s used to determine the measurement of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) concentration in the blood.
PROSTATE CANCER, THE FACTS
Only men have a prostate gland. With this in mind, the gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra.
Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumor. This cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems.
However, in some men these cancer cells, if left untreated, may spread, and invade the lymph nodes and bones. This produces secondary tumors known as metastasis.
In fact, not every man will experience symptoms. Many signs are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.
Some men, however, will experience changes that indicate the presence of this disease.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Blood in urine
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT
To begin with, treatment options are many and varied. It’s important to keep in mind that many prostate cancers are slow growing. In fact, you may not even need surgery.
- Active Surveillance
- Hormone Therapy
So, if you’re one of the 1.4 million men who have been diagnosed with this type of cancer you’re not alone.
Get to the bottom of it when choosing a treatment that’s right for you. Aim to be ok with the treatment decision you make. Then, take risks and benefits into consideration too. Finally, learn what you can and make use of the quality services and resources available.
Take action and go to Prostate Cancer Canada
So, get to the bottom of it because Wellness looks good on you!
For a personal look into the benefits of PSA testing, go to My Prostate Cancer Story, by Chris Williamson.
See how he got to the bottom of it!