As September was designated The National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, health experts, health advocates, and health providers urge men of nearly every ages to undergo a routine screening.
Doctors caution that prostate cancer is no longer just an older man’s disease since its incidence skyrocketed in young men in recent years.
Currently, state-of-the art genetic tests help health professionals to learn just how bad the situation really is among young men. In the past few years, researchers reported on various occasions that the age men were usually diagnosed with prostate cancer significantly dropped.
The age at which men were recommended to start worrying about prostate cancer was 60 years old. But recent studies had shown that men develop the disease at a much younger age than thet normally would in the past. In the past two decades, prostate cancer diagnoses among young men jumped six times. That’s why doctors recommend men to request a PSA screening blood test as soon as they hit 40.
PSA tests can help physicians monitor the antigen levels of prostate and therefore their risk of cancer over time. Experts caution that prostate cancer has few to no symptoms in its early stages. This is why he was named the “silent killer.”
Moreover, the risk of prostate cancer going undetected is higher now in young men than in seniors. Doctors argue that in a young body, tumor growth is accelerated and prostate cancer is usually more aggressive in young people.
If PSA tests show a reading between zero and four there’s no risk of prostate cancer, but if the results exceed that limit it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer. Only a doctor is able to tell what is wrong with your prostate.
All the more you should get screened with a PSA test on a regular basis, if you know that your close family members were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Studies had shown that there’s a double chance of developing the disease if your father or brother also has it. So, the family history of the illness or other types of cancer is the highest risk factor in developing prostate cancer.
Doctors also say that prostate cancer can be cured with a high rate of success if it is spotted on time. Nevertheless, a cancer detected on time doesn’t mean that it is less dangerous. Other risk factors such as high cholesterol, body fat, smoking, and age may lead to complications.
In the U.S., 233,000 men find that they have prostate cancer every year, while 28,000 of them lose the battle on a yearly basis.
The common belief is that breast cancer is more frequent than prostate cancer, but that is simply not true. Breast cancer benefits from larger and louder awareness campaigns than prostate cancer does. Statistics show that the incidence of the two disease is nearly identical.
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