September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Offers Information on Prevention, Detection and Treatment Options
This month, and every day of the year, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) would like to emphasize the importance of a yearly rectal examination for men, especially those with a family history or 50 years and older. Prostate cancer can be diagnosed through physical examination, PSA blood test, imaging of the prostate and potentially a biopsy.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1,900 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in Nevada this year. Prostate cancer is relatively rare in men under 40, but the chance of being diagnosed rises significantly after age 50 and roughly two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
Dr. Lanceford Chong, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology of CTCA says, “Early diagnosis increases chances of recovery dramatically so it is important for men to educate themselves on the risk factors and get preventative screenings.”
The infographic highlights important information regarding early signs and symptoms of prostate cancer which include the need to urinate frequently, difficulty urinating, painful or burning urination, loss of bladder control, numbness or pain in the hips, leg or feet and erectile dysfunction. The infographic also points out that men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products appear to have a slightly higher chance of getting prostate cancer so making healthy choices is also encouraged. According to the National Cancer Institute, maintaining a healthy diet, losing weight, avoiding smoking and exercising may help lower the risk of developing certain cancers.
For more information on prostate cancer, visit www.cancercenter.com
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals providing a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment. CTCA serves patients with complex cancer from all 50 states – including Nevada – at facilities located in suburban Phoenix, suburban Chicago, Philadelphia and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com