Prostate Cancer: What Men Need to Know

The Importance of Prostate Cancer Screening

It is estimated that there are more than two million men in the U.S. currently living with prostate cancer. Most men with an early stage of this disease will not experience any symptoms, which is why regular screening is so important. Having a routine prostate cancer screening can detect cancer at its earliest stages.

“In some cases of prostate cancer, men will experience symptoms such as frequent, hesitant or burning urination, difficulty with erection or pain in the lower back, hips or thighs,” says Dr. Troy Sukkarieh, a urologist with UCA Old Bridge. “Since other conditions can have similar symptoms, men experiencing any of these warning signs should undergo thorough testing to determine the cause,” Dr. Sukkarieh adds.

The recommendation from the American Urological Association is that men should start prostate cancer screening at age 40. “Many men don’t realize that prostate cancer is very common and continues to be the second leading cause of cancer death in men,” says Dr. Phillip Brackin, MD, a urologist with UCA Hamilton. “If a patient is diagnosed with prostate cancer, we are able to offer them the full spectrum of treatment options – at any one of our convenient UCA locations,” adds Dr. Brackin. “Our program is comprehensive and we treat patients from diagnosis, through their cancer treatment and provide their follow-up care. Our patients say this is very comforting for both them and their families.”

Know the Risk Factors

There are specific factors that put men at higher risk for prostate cancer including:

  • Age – Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. The chance of having prostate cancer increases significantly after age 50.
  • Family History – The risk for developing this disease increases if a man has a father or brother with prostate cancer. The risk is highest for men with several affected relatives.
  • Race – Prostate cancer occurs more often in African American men than other racial groups. African American men are also more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of the cancer.

It is important for men to know the risk factors of prostate cancer and begin earlier testing if they are at higher risk. To learn more about prostate cancer please click the link below: