September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Photo credit: Urologic Specialists

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, in the United States one out of eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America.

Cape Girardeau Urology Associates Doctor of Osteopathy James Outman says prostate cancer with a healthy lifestyle can reduce the overall risk.

“Majority of prostate cancer has to do with genetic risk factors, but there are just healthy lifestyle choices that you can make that reduce your risk and time,” said Outman.

Getting screenings for prostate cancer is important.

Prostate cancer is rare in men under 40 years old but around 45, it’s recommended you start asking your doctor about it.

“In time, other recommendations say that initial screening should be done at age 55 if they have no risk factors, but most urologists find a significant value in a baseline PSA somewhere around age 45,” said Outman.

Risk factors of prostate cancer are family history or factors such as race, lifestyle, and dietary habits.

But there are some physical symptoms as well.

“Symptoms, it could exist from that is difficulty with urination, trouble emptying their bladder, sometimes possibly blood in their urine or other things that we would look for to start the initiating or screening as part of the valuation,” said Outman.

Although prostate cancer is mostly seen in cases of men 65 and older, Outman says the sooner prostate is diagnosed the better the treatment is.

“Hopefully, extend men’s life with really high quality of life following diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer,” said Outman.

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