We are a society with cancer as a part of its consciousness. We have been educated on the risk factors associated with a variety of cancers as well as the regular screenings that are recommended to allow us to potentially detect and diagnose cancer as early as possible so that treatment can be delivered fast and effectively. Education is key to staying on top of our health and doing what we need to do to put our healthcare first. For men, prostate cancer is something that should be kept front of mind in terms of regular healthcare screenings – something that is important as far as safeguarding yourself against risk factors over which you may have some control.
So what should men know about prostate cancer?
Race can impact your risk of prostate cancer. African-American men tend to have a higher incidence of prostate cancer. It is not completely understood why this is so but it’s something for men to keep in mind when scheduling their screenings.
Prostate cancer often does not result in death. Prostate cancer tends to be a very slow-growing disease and often does not spread beyond the prostate itself. Additionally, treatment for prostate cancer is often very effective. Therefore, while many men may have prostate cancer upon their passing, this is not often the cause of their death.
Sometimes no treatment is the recommended treatment for prostate cancer. Because it’s so slow-growing, prostate cancer may not develop to the point of causing problems or becoming life-threatening. In some cases, a diagnosis of prostate cancer may be met with a wait and see treatment plan from doctors.
Family history risk includes breast cancer. While risk factors for developing prostate cancer include a family history of the same disease, there is also a connection between men whose mothers or sisters have had breast cancer and that man’s potential to develop prostate cancer.
Learn all you can about prostate cancer so that you can make the best decisions possible for your own healthcare.