According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. That number increases for Black men by over 75%. Men who have a relative with prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease, and those with two or more affected relatives are almost four times as likely to be diagnosed. The risk is higher if the affected family members were diagnosed before age 65.
Because of these statistics, it’s important to understand the risk factors and the symptoms of prostate cancer. During September, the goal of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is to increase awareness about the disease and to encourage men to be tested for it.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many early warning signs for prostate cancer. A growing tumor doesn’t push against anything to cause pain, so the disease may progress silently. Several possible symptoms to watch for include difficulty beginning to urinate, a weak or interrupted flow of urine, frequent urination (especially at night), and difficulty emptying the bladder. Pain or burning during urination and blood in the urine are additional warning signs.
Diet and lifestyle modifications have been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer development and progression, and can help men with prostate cancer live longer and better lives.
Recommendations include eating fewer calories and exercising more to maintain a healthy weight, and reducing the amount of fat consumed from red meat and dairy products. Don’t consume more than 1200 mg of calcium each day, unless recommended by your doctor. Eat more fish and fewer trans fats. Avoid smoking, and drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
Early detection of prostate cancer is critical. If you have any symptoms that worry you, see a doctor immediately. At Morrison Community Hospital, Dr. Mathew Mathew, a Urologist in practice for over 40 years, can be consulted for early detection. For more information, please contact:
Dr. Mathew Mathew, Urologist
Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison, IL 61270