Prostate cancer is a serious issue that men should not take lightly. It is the second most common cancer among men, affecting almost one out of every seven men in the United States. Unfortunately, men often fail to take preventative measures against prostate cancer – whether it means getting regular checkups, knowing the signs and symptoms, or simply taking care of their overall health.
This is why it is important to raise awareness about prostate cancer, encouraging men to get checked and take an active role in their health care. The first step is to know the risk factors: age, family history, race, and obesity are all strong risk factors for prostate cancer. Men over the age of 50, African American men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at the greatest risk.
The next step is to schedule regular screenings. Early detection is key to successful treatment, as prostate cancer is most treatable in its early stages. The American Cancer Society recommends that men talk to their doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer starting at the age of 50, or earlier if they are considered high-risk.
During a screening, a doctor may perform a digital rectal exam to check the prostate for any abnormalities, as well as a blood test to check for PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels. While these tests may be uncomfortable or embarrassing, they are essential to detecting prostate cancer early.
Finally, men should take care of their overall health. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking can all help to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Men should also be aware of any changes in their body, such as frequent urination or difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, or pain in the lower back or pelvis. These are all potential signs of prostate cancer and should be reported to a doctor immediately.
Raising awareness about prostate cancer is important, as it can help men take an active role in their health care and prevent the disease from becoming a serious issue. By getting regular screenings, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and being vigilant about any changes in their body, men can reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer and increase their chances of successful treatment. So, men – get checked! Your health is in your hands.