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Prostate cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. It is one of the most common cancers among men worldwide and typically affects older, non-Hispanic African American men. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 man in 8 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime and about 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older. It is rare in men under 40. The average age of men when they are first diagnosed is about 66. And like most diseases, family history can play a role in the risk of having it.

Detecting prostate cancer involves a blood test called a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) and a digital rectal exam. Symptoms may include difficulty urinating, frequent urination, blood in the urine or semen, pain the lower back and erectile dysfunction.

The good news is, when detected it has a high survival rate. Treatment options depend on various factors including the cancer’s stage, patient age and overall health. Common treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and watchful waiting.

Meet with your health care provider for regular screenings as they are essential for managing your well-being to detect cancer and other illnesses.

Photo Credit: Anna Tarazevich

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