Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

by Jessica Wahaus on September 15, 2015

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men, and about 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.1 In order to raise awareness about this disease, September was designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and serves as a reminder for many men to talk with their doctors about whether testing may be right for them.

High-risk groups for prostate cancer include men ages 50 and older, African American men, and men who have fathers, brothers or sons who have been diagnosed. Symptoms vary and some men experience no symptoms at all.

The most common test method is Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing, which measures the amount of PSA in the blood. High levels may signify the presence of prostate cancer but it could also indicate other conditions, such as an enlarged or inflamed prostate.

Because there are risks associated with current testing methods, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends men should talk with their doctor to determine if testing is the right choice for them. ACS suggests men should schedule this conversation with a doctor starting at age 50, while those with previous family history of prostate cancer should talk with their doctor starting at age 45.

For more information on PSA testing, visit Quest Diagnostics.


 

1: www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer

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