Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. It is estimated that over 240,000 men will be diagnosed and over 33,000 men will die from prostate cancer in 2011.
The prostate gland, located deep within the pelvis just below the urinary bladder, produces fluid for semen which transports sperm. Cancer of the prostate occurs when cells do not follow normal cell patterns, grow, and spread to other tissues. These tumors are in general very slow growing, but once the cancer begins to grow more rapidly and spread outside of the prostate, it can become very dangerous.
In its early stages, someone with prostate cancer may not have any signs or symptoms. In the more advanced stages you would see trouble urinating & decreased force of the urine stream, blood in the urine and/or semen, swelling in the legs, discomfort in the pelvic area, and bone pain.
Prostate cancer is most common in men over 50, African-American men, men with a family histroy and men who are obese. Many factors and collaboration between doctors go into determining the right treatment plan for a person with prostate cancer. There are several options:
- Surgical removal of the prostate gland (prostatectomy)
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
The American Cancer Society recommends that all men over age 40 have an annual rectal exam and PSA (prostate specific antigen) lab test beginning at 50. University Hospital is offering several opportunities for men to be screened during September. No registration is required.
First Baptist Church, North Augusta
625 Georgia Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans
825 N. Belair Road
Saturday, Sept. 17,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Augusta
3500 Walton Way
Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remember.. early detection is key for successful treatment. Take charge of your health and get screened today.