One in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. But many men are not aware of their risk and don’t know which symptoms to look for. The Movember Foundation is out to change this, asking men to grow moustaches during November and use their facial hair as a conversation starter to talk about men’s health. Join Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group this Movember as we spread awareness about prostate cancer.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland right below the bladder and in front of the bowels. Its job is to create a special fluid to nourish and protect sperm. Most men experience enlargement of the prostate as they age, which can cause urinary problems.
While it’s possible for any man to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, some men are at a higher risk than others. The older you are, the higher your risk, especially for men over age 65. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, you also have a greater chance of having prostate cancer yourself. African-American men develop prostate cancer more frequently and at a younger age than men of other racial backgrounds. If you identify with one of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about prevention and screening.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor.
There are three different ways to test for prostate cancer:
You should discuss your risk factors with your doctor to see if screening is right for you. The American Cancer Society advises you talk about screening for prostate cancer with your healthcare provider starting at age 50 if you’re at average risk. If you have a higher risk, begin discussing your options earlier.
If you are experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer, visit your Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group primary care physician as soon as possible. Don’t forget to grow a moustache in support of men’s health this November!
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