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Prostate Cancer

We speak about overall health issues in this blog but it’s not often that we focus on a health issue specific to men.

According to the Mayo Clinic, prostate cancer is one of the most diagnosed cancers in men.  In general it affects men over 50 the most.  You can however be diagnosed at any age.

By race, statistics show that black men are at higher risk followed by caucasian men more than other races.  

You might find it interesting to learn that the American Cancer Society lists about 248,000 new cases of prostate cancer this year.  The cancer begins as the size of a walnut.

Early detection is key so it’s important for you to know the warning signs. 

  • You have problems urinating.  It is weak, slow or often.
  • You find blood in your urine.
  • You have trouble with erectile dysfunction.
  • You could have difficulty sitting down comfortably.

Talk with your doctor to discuss risk factors and screening preferences.  Options include:

Blood test to check your PSA level.  Levels vary by age. 

A digital rectal exam (DRE) performed by your doctor.

If additional testing is needed you could also have an ultrasound or MRI.

The most important thing for you to do as you age is to speak with your doctor.  If you are at higher risk you should be monitored closely.  Prostate cancer is very treatable if detected early.

Private Home Health Care understands that this is a very personal illness.  It is not often talked about.  We feel it’s important to be aware of this disease so you can get the treatments needed.

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