One in seven men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. They will join the three million American men already living with the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the illness is the most common form of cancer among men. It begins in tissues of the prostate gland, which produces semen and sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum.
Health care communicators are educating patients about the condition during the observance of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Marketers can remind patients about the CDC’s guidance concerning a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.
Experts say the screening may detect a problem, but treatment can cause serious side effects. Physicians may discuss alternatives, which can limit common complaints such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
The good news is that most prostate cancers grow slowly and don’t cause health problems in patients who have them, according to the CDC. Of course, regular screenings and early detection are essential to managing the malignancy.
An infographic says men at high risk of developing prostate cancer are:
Age 50 and older
Those with a family history of the illness
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