Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, occuring in 1 out of 6 men.
There are several ways to diagnose prostate cancer. These include digital rectal examination, prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, and transrectal ultrasounds. These can help diagnose prostate cancer at an early stage and allow a potentially higher success rate.
Although prostate cancer cannot be prevented, it is important to identify and treat it early. Men over 50 should get an annual prostate examination. This includes a digital rectal examination combined with a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Family history and ethnicity can increase the risk of prostate cancer. If applicable, these tests and exams should be done at the age of 40. To see if screening and having a PSA done is right for you, please click on the link and complete the form.
Depending on the stage of prostate cancer, there are numerous ways to treat it. These include medical treatment, radiation therapy, cryoablation and surgery. Your physician can discuss these options with you in greater detail.