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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Designated awareness months and days are designed to provide individuals with information specific to their health needs, and empower them to take proactive steps toward protecting their health.
Cancer can affect any part of the human body. Prostate cancer is specific to males. More than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, in the United States. The prostate, a small gland found only in male anatomy, sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It helps produce semen. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It can become much larger in older men. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate gland begin to grow out of control.
Research indicates that African American men, men with family history of prostate and other cancers, and men over age 65 have the highest risk of developing prostate cancer. Warning signs include trouble urinating and pelvic pain. However, many experience no symptoms. This is why early screening specifically for prostate cancer is necessary. It is the best indicator of prostate cancer. Men 55 and older are strongly encouraged to discuss screening options with their medical providers. If prostate cancer runs in your family, however, you should share that with your medical provider sooner, rather than later. Although fatal in many cases, prostate cancer is treatable. Early detection and screening can save your life. There are also lifestyle changes that can help your body fight against prostate cancer and other illnesses.
There is no shame in getting routine checks for prostate cancer. Actually it may lead to a longer and healthier life. We say it often because it’s true: your health is your most valuable possession. Protect it with proactive habits!
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