I’ll give you a clue – it’s not Lung Cancer – and if you haven’t guessed or “Googled” it yet – its Prostate Cancer (PC). One in six American men will be diagnosed with it – and that number increases after you hit 50 years of age if not screened by then. On top of that, African-American men are at an increased risk to begin with, as well as, anyone with any family history. So what is a man to do? Get tested – detecting Prostate Cancer at an early stage is the best chance to have any kind of control and favorable treatment options. Yes, a healthy diet, moderate alcohol use, and exercising are all things to help decrease your chances of ever getting it, but if you are not ever screened for it – you may not know until it’s too late. In it’s early stages, PC usually is slow growing and may not even present any symptoms.
Symptoms that would associate with Prostate Cancer are painful urination, pain and/or discomfort in the groin, blood in your urine, a weak urine stream, and trouble getting and/or maintaining an erection. If you have been experiencing any of those, then you would be wise to consider a PSA test. It stands for Prostate-Specific Antigen and is the substance produced by your prostate gland. This test will determine the amount that is in your blood to indicate any abnormalities that could lead to prostate cancer or prostatitis.
And men, even though you may not show any of those symptoms, you should also consider having this test if you are 50 years of age or older, have a family history of prostate cancer or prostatitis, and/or are of African-American decent.