Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in American men. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that out of every 100 American men, 13 of them will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, with nearly 23 percent of those affected dying from it.
With statistics like that, it’s only natural for men to wonder if and when they should get screened. Below are just some of the reasons you might want to talk with your doctor about your prostate cancer screening options:
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Most men will experience little to no symptoms, and symptoms may vary from person to person. The most common symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Difficulty starting urination
- A weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Pain or burning during urination
- Frequent urination
- Blood in the urine or seamen
- Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that is constant
- Painful ejaculation
Though other conditions could be leading to these symptoms, it’s essential to speak to your doctor right away if you are experiencing any of the above issues.
Reasons to Consider Screenings
The most common risk factor for prostate cancer is age. While all men are at risk, the older a man gets, the higher his chance of getting prostate cancer.
“The choice to get screened should be something you and your doctor decide together. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, are African-American, or are 55 to 69 years old, you should discuss your testing options and the risks of testing with your doctor. The ultimate goal of a screening is to find prostate cancers early on, when it’s most treatable” says Dr. Mark Meacham, a family practice physician with Southwest General Medical Group Family Practice – Brunswick and on the Southwest General Medical Staff.
At Southwest General Medical Group, Inc., our primary and specialty care physicians are committed to working closely so that you can fully understand your testing options. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, visit our website.