In 2015, there will be over 220,000 new prostate cancer cases and over 27,000 deaths caused by prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and September 17-24 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. As such, here are 10 facts that you should know about prostate cancer:
- 1 out of 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The number goes down to 1 out of 3 men if you have a relative who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- Older men are more likely to get diagnosed with prostate cancer. In fact, over 60% of people who get diagnosed are over 65 years old.
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men after skin cancer and the second most deadly cancer for men after lung cancer.
- It’s believed that the risks of prostate cancer are dependent on one’s age, race, diet, family history, and lifestyle.
- Eating red meat is believed to be a contributor to getting prostate cancer.
- People who work around cadmium, such as welders, rubber factory workers, or battery manufacturers, are more likely to get diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- There are no common symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer that you should watch for to know whether or not you might have it.
- The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test can check for elevated levels, which can tell you if you may have an enlarged prostate.
- You shouldn’t complete the PSA blood test until you’re over 55 years old. Then, you should only have it done every 2 years, but you can talk to your doctor about when to complete it and how often.
- Just about 100% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive 5 years after receiving the diagnosis.
For more information about prevention tips and screening for prostate cancer, visit www.healthwellmobile.com. It’s important to get regular screenings to catch the cancer in the early stages. Get screened for prostate cancer or encourage the men in your life to get out and do it this month.