Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: What to know to about the potentially deadly disease

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors want you to be aware of the fourth most common tumor diagnosed worldwide.

News 12 Staff

Sep 8, 2021, 6:53 PM

Updated 982 days ago

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors want you to be aware of the fourth most common tumor diagnosed worldwide.
Doctors say almost 250,000 men in this country will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. They say nearly 34,000 of them will die from it.
"From a cancer standpoint prostate cancer is the second most common cancer cause of death," says Chief of the Division of Urology at Stamford Hospital Dr. Michael Karellas. "As men age their risk for prostate cancer does go up."
Karellas says men in their 50s and 60s should be tested for prostate cancer. It's a blood test in which doctors look for PSA levels.
Karellas says in most men it's hard to detect prostate cancer, there are no real symptoms, and they won't know they have it unless they get the blood test.
"If you have a strong family history, also depends on race, so if you're African American your incidence of prostate cancer is higher. Also, if you have a female relative with the PRCA mutation, which is associated with certain breast cancers," Karellas explains.
He says early detection is key.
"Prostate cancer is very preventable. There are some men that have put off their screenings and we find more advanced cancer now because of the fact that they delayed their care. So, it's very important to continue with your routine care even during this time of COVID," Karellas says.
Doctors say treatment is based on how aggressive the cancer is.
They say there are radiation and surgical treatments or even a hormone treatment.
And the best way for absolute diagnosis is getting a biopsy.


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