Prostate cancer is largely known as a condition that affects older men. And, while this is mostly true, it’s important for the younger generation to know about prostate cancer as well. According to the National Cancer Institute, the average age of men affected by prostate cancer is 60 years old, with 60 percent of new cases occurring in men 65 years and older. Even though prostate cancer typically affects older men, there have been cases where men 55 years and younger are also seeing signs of this type of cancer. Here’s what the younger generation needs to know to stay informed about prostate cancer.
It May Be Aggressive
The survival and success rates of treating prostate cancer are very high. Most men in any stage of prostate cancer will walk away as a healthy survivor. The National Cancer Institute states that roughly 2.8 million men in the U.S. have survived prostate cancer. It should be noted, however, that if you have early signs of prostate cancer at a young age, the tumor may grow more quickly even if you are at low-risk. You can still have a successful recovery, but if you feel something down there, consult a medical professional sooner rather than later.
We Recommend Detecting the Cancer Early
If you have a family history of prostate cancer, then you are at a greater risk for developing prostate cancer as well. There’s also been a link between the same cells that are prevalent in breast cancer to be present in prostate cancer. If multiple people in your family have had prostate cancer, we recommend getting a screening when you turn 40.
Getting Screened for Prostate Cancer Is Simple!
You can be screened for prostate cancer at your doctor’s office. They will take a blood test and look for prostate specific antigen (PSA). The American Cancer Society recommends getting screened yearly if you have a PSA of 2.5 or higher. A digital rectal exam may also be conducted as part of your screening.
Notice These Symptoms
We recently wrote a blog about prostate cancer symptoms. Here is a quick recap of symptoms to look for. Click on the link below for a more in-depth read.
- Trouble urinating
- Less force in the urine stream
- Blood in semen
- Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area
- Pain in your bones (hips, spine, ribs and other areas)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of bladder control
Check Your Lifestyle Choices
As is the case with any cancer, if you want to try to prevent prostate cancer, you can improve your lifestyle. Get plenty of exercise, try to maintain a healthy weight and choose healthy food options. Fruits and veggies are always a good idea!
Call Urology Experts Today!
If you feel like you are at risk for prostate cancer, call us at Urology Experts today. We are ready and able to help you with any of your urological needs. Contact us through our website or over the phone.