Monday, March 16, 2009

Prostate Cancer ~ Early Diagnosis is Key (We Love You Guys - Go Get Checked ~~PLEASE!!)

FACT: More than one in six men will get Prostate Cancer in his lifetime. In the state of South Carolina alone, more than 3,300 men were diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2007. Studies also show that African-American men are more than twice as likely as any other ethnic group to die from Prostate Cancer. Experts believe that this is due to African American men being diagnosed with a more developed stage of the disease.


Dr. Augustine M. Boateng, board certified urologist explains that today, cancer of the prostate is the most common cancer in men over 50. Dr. Boateng further states that "fortunately, we have seen an increase in early prostate cancer diagnosis ever since the development of the PSA blood test. And listen guys, early detection is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT !!


The PSA is a blood test that measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (this is a prostate-produced chemical in your blood). Dr. Boateng explains that while it is normal to have a certain level of PSA in your bloodstream, elevated levels could indicate a prostate infection, enlargement of the prostate or cancer. If you do have unusually high PSA levels, your physician will perform certain other diagnostic exams to identify the cause.


PROSTATE CANCER SYMPTOMS
POINT ~ Early prostate cancer has no specific symptoms. Men with prostate cancer are often unaware of their condition.

REMEMBER ~ A PSA screening can detect prostate Cancer before symptoms appear. And early detection is essential for successful treatment.


Prostate cancer symptoms may include the following:
  • Urinary difficulty
  • Reduced or interrupted urine flow
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Frequent pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Blood in urine or semen
These symptoms may indicate other conditions as well as a benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the prostate. Contact your doctor immediately if you should experience any of these symptoms.

Come on guys ~~ do it for us !!!



To Your Continued Health and Success !
Julia Gray, Licenced Practical Nurse


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