Prostate Cancer: Assessing Your Risks
Posted by CancerInformation on August 16th, 2015
As men age, the screening tests their doctors ask them to undergo are likely to start adding up fast. From making sure heart disease and diabetes aren’t concerns to checking for prostate cancer, older men may start to feel like pin cushions. Foregoing those prostate exams, however, could prove to be a fatal mistake.
An estimated 220,000 American men are diagnosed with this disease each year. Some 27,000 die from it. In many cases, prostate cancer, when caught early, can be treated effectively. And, believe it or not, in some cases just carefully monitoring the disease on a regular basis may be all that’s required of a patient.
Men will find prostate cancer does have quite a few risk cancers. The biggest, of course, is the simple fact of being a male. The prostate gland is only found in men, so this disease does not strike women. Other risk factors that can enhance a man’s chances of developing the disease include:
Prostate cancer strikes an estimated 1 in 7 men. If you are age 50 or older, speak with your healthcare provider about basic screening for this disease. Routine exams can enable the detection of this disease in its earliest – and most treatable – form.
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