Fight prostate cancer with a preemptive strike known as early detection.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, calling attention to the signs and symptoms of the disease and the need for early detection.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 6 men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Prostate cancer may be possible diagnosis if you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
- Urge to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty starting urine flow
- Weak or interrupted urine flow
- Erectile dysfunction
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
Once your doctor takes into consideration your symptoms, one of the following tests will be ordered:
A man's prostate produces a protein called prostate-specific antigen or PSA. Levels of PSA are often higher in men with prostate cancer. For that reason, your doctor may draw blood and measure of the level of PSA in your blood. However, elevated PSA level could be related to taking certain medications and supplements. So, always inform your doctor of what you are taking.
Digital Rectal Exam
This type of exam involves your doctor examining the prostate through the rectum to feel for abnormal texture, shape or change in size of the prostate.
If the results of the tests show an abnormality, a prostate biopsy might be ordered to determine if there are cancerous cells.
Early detection is important in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and the staff at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point understands that. To set-up an appointment for a cancer screening or to have your medical questions answered, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.