Prostate Cancer Awareness

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Here is some information about Prostate Cancer allowing you to understand your possible risk, how you may reduce your risk, and what you should be doing for screening to be aware of your current prostate health.

In general, age, genetics and race determine your immediate risk. Men under the age of 40 are at the less risk of Prostate cancer, but men can still be diagnosed. Once over the age of 50, the risk increases dramatically. The American Cancer Society reports 60% of men over the age of 60 are diagnosed.

African-American men and men from the Caribbean have the highest risk of prostate cancer. It is not known why these groups of men share the highest risk and it generally occurs at a younger age.

Prostate cancer seems to be more specifically a genetic link. Your risk of prostate cancer more than doubles if your father or brother were positive for prostate cancer. But most cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed with no family history of the disease.

Although race, genetics and age are more related to your relative risk of prostate cancer, studies indicate that if you stay active, maintain a healthy weight and diet, your risk may decrease by just taking care of yourself. Appropriate screening and monitoring should be done with your provider for early detection and treatment.

Men should have the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) drawn starting at the age of 40 and would recommend manual exams especially if the PSA is elevated. If you have family history of prostate cancer, you should begin screening at least 5 years prior to the age of which your family member was diagnosed.

For more information regarding Prostate Cancer Awareness, visit https://www.cancerhealth.com/event/prostate-cancer-awareness-month-2020

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