As part of improving men’s health, it is imperative to understand the importance of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer.
Dr. Reza Goharderakhshan, chief of urologic surgery at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, noted that African-American and Caribbean men of African descent are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. He added that the risk of prostate cancer increases among men after age 50, noting that the first step to surviving prostate cancer is through an annual PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test, recommended annually for men ages 50- 70 years.
This simple blood test can be the difference between life and death when it comes to prostate cancer, Dr. Goharderakhshan said. This is especially important for men with a family history of prostate cancer and for black men, whose risk of dying from prostate cancer is twice that of men of other races.
“Prostate cancer screening becomes more important as men age, even when there are no obvious symptoms,” said Dr. Goharderakhshan. “Because prostate cancer is treatable in its early stages, when it comes to prostate health, I encourage men not to ignore this health issue and to discuss with their doctor whether a PSA test is a good idea.”
This year, an estimated 268,490 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according toCancer.net. In addition, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States
It’s important to know that prostate cancer usually has no symptoms until the later, more advanced stages, Dr. Goharderakhshan said. These symptoms include back pain, leg swelling, weight loss and difficulty urinating. That’s why its early detection through a PSA blood test is crucial.
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12 out of 100 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. However, if detected early – and with appropriate treatment – most men can survive prostate cancer.
According to Dr. Goharderakhshan, the following factors can increase the risk of prostate cancer in men:
- Having close male family members who have had prostate cancer.
- Inherited genetic mutations, such as BRCA1/BRCA2 genes and Lynch syndrome.
- A diet high in red meat, processed foods, high-fat dairy and low in fruits and vegetables.
- Obesity has been linked to more aggressive forms of prostate cancer in some studies.
“The good news is that prostate cancer is very treatable when caught early, with an excellent chance of cure,” said Dr. Goharderakhshan.
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