Let’s face it. If you’re like most people born biologically male, you are uncomfortable talking about your prostate gland. The truth is, it’s something you simply can’t afford to ignore. That’s why my message is to take charge of your prostate health.
About one in eight people born biologically male will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. In 2021, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 248,500 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 34,000 deaths from it. Early detection offers the best chance for a cure, yet many are reluctant to get checked. This reluctance can impact their health in more than one way.
Prostate cancer screening not only helps detect cancer when it’s most treatable. It also can detect other prostate issues that, when treated, can improve quality of life.
Know the symptoms
Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men (biologically born males). Nearly two-thirds of all cases are diagnosed in those 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. Prostate cancer often does not have any symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Swelling in the legs
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Bone pain
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention. To schedule an appointment with a board-certified urologist, call 888-402-LVHN (5846).