Be proactive about prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths among men in the U.S. You may know someone who has prostate cancer or has been treated for it, since one out of every seven American men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
Fortunately, prostate cancer has a good chance for successful treatment if found early. In fact, prostate cancer sometimes does not pose a significant threat to a man’s life and can be monitored instead of treated immediately.
Prostate cancer risk factors
Anything that increases your chance of getting prostate cancer is a risk factor, including:
Most men who develop prostate cancer are older than 50. About 2 of every 3 prostate cancers are diagnosed in men older than 65.
Risk is higher when other members of your family (father, brother, son) have or had prostate cancer.
African-American men have nearly double the risk of prostate cancer as white men. It is found less often in Asian American, Hispanic and American Indian men.
A high-fat diet, particularly a diet high in animal fats, may increase risk. A diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease risk.
Some research suggests that inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) may play a role in prostate cancer. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are being investigated as possible risk factors as well.
Ask your doctor about prostate screening or click here for a screenings checklist for men.
How to become a patient at the Queen’s Cancer Center
You have a choice in your cancer care. Your first step is to ask your primary care doctor for a referral to the Queen’s Cancer Center. Your doctor can contact us at 808-691-8777 and fax your records to 808-691-8780. Once a referral is made, we can schedule an appointment with you.
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