Prostate health education - and raising awareness for prostate cancer - is crucial every month of the year. But every September, Puyallup Surgical Consultants joins health care experts and providers nationwide to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Our joint efforts are aimed at educating those at risk of prostate cancer and spreading the word about the magnitude of the disease and the overall importance of prostate health checks and routine screenings.
Studies continue to show an alarming knowledge gap about the prostate and prostate cancer among American men. Many young men aren’t even aware they have a prostate, and studies indicate even middle-aged men vastly underestimate their own risk factors for being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Join us this month to help spread the word about prostate cancer. If you or someone you know is a 40+ male in the Puyallup area, we recommend an appointment with our urology specialists who can answer all of your questions and check on the current state of your health and assess future risk factors.
Here are some more facts and figures about prostate cancer to share with your loved ones this month:
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men. Early detection is one of the key factors influencing recovery. In many cases, there are no symptoms of prostate cancer. This means that regular screenings and an understanding of the risk factors are essential for every man over the age of 40.
The American Cancer Society estimates that over 220,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year. Over 31,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year.
About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The risk factor for African-American men is greater, 1 in 5. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, this number jumps to 1 in 3. 1 in 41 will die of prostate cancer.
These are staggering numbers. Each one represents a father, an uncle, a brother, a coach, a mentor, or another loved one. Each diagnosis creates a ripple effect that touches the lives of countless individuals. Truly, every American is touched by prostate cancer in some way, so that’s why it’s imperative that we set aside time each year to raise awareness and spread the message about the importance of regular screenings.
Not all conditions of the prostate are cancerous. Many men experience a benign condition unrelated to prostate cancer, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms of BPH include frequent urination, inconsistent urine stream, or pain and difficulty urinating. There are safe and effective treatment options for PBH that you can discuss with your care team.
Here are three ways you or the men you love in your life can reduce their risk for prostate cancer:
Watch Your Diet - Studies indicate that men who eat high-fat diets and lots of dairy products have an increased risk of prostate cancer. Reducing fat and dairy intake and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is thought to help decrease prostate cancer risk factors.
Maintain a Healthy Weight - Men who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at a much higher risk for prostate cancer. Making lifestyle changes that lowers your weight is one of the best protections against prostate cancer. Diet and exercise are two of the major tools an individual has against prostate cancer risk.
Talk to Your Doctor About Your Risk - Certain genetic or behavior conditions can greatly increase the risk of prostate cancer. To fully understand your own risk factors, you should discuss it with your doctor. For some individuals there are medications that your physician can prescribe to reduce the risk.