Most men do not openly discussed their health. Surveys show that most men think they are healthy, even if they have a few dire diagnosis. Optimism? Head in the sand? Whichever the consensus, cancer screening save lives. While there are many types of cancers, Prostate Cancer, is one of the few that has a somewhat “predictable” blood indicator: the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). Only men have PROSTATE – women do not have a prostate gland – and therefore, prostate cancer is specific to males (simple, I know, but this a place where everyone can learn 🙂 Register for WEBINAR on Prostate Cancer in Black Men
Men – your brother, husband, uncle, boyfriend, grandpa, cousins, friends – are dying needlessly from this disease. Prostate cancer is the second leading of cause of death in men in the United States. So what can you do to make a difference? There are a few things you should know.
Why is your family history important? Because it tells you, based on your genetics, your risk for certain types of cancers. Therefore, one of the most important thing to know is your family history for cancer. This information is very important, because it allows your doctor to consider specific types of cancer risk to discuss with you and best cancer screening approach. There are also some genetic disorders that may increase your risk for cancer.
Remember, if your father had prostate cancer, you should begin screening 10yrs younger, or at the recommended age of screening, whichever is younger. For example:
There are debates among medical professionals that we may be “over-treating” prostate cancer, leading to some doctors no longer doing PSA tests. However, that concern may be a bit premature, as over 27,000 men die annually from prostate cancer…still. African Americans/Black male are at greater risk and many are not being tested and many others do not know their number, or what it (PSA) means.
Grant it, I do work in the cancer world, but I have treated multiple men younger than age 50 with metastatic prostate cancer (metastases means cancer spread elsewhere such as bone, liver, lungs, etc.,). I do not agree with that age for screening to being at 55. I’ve been told by patients, that the statistics really does not matter. When the number is ONE…that is, the ONE person affected is you, or your love one all the stats fall by the wayside.
The prostate gland gets larger with age…so the PSA will increase. However, you should be referred to Urology if:
Now that you know more, speak with your physician to know what’s best for you. Tell your family and friends to do the same – spread the word! Think about the above seriously for all men. You could be saving a life – maybe your own!
Until next time know that,
Life is beautiful and God is awesome. And know, you are pure awesomeness!
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
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