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Senior Times - November 2020 Bronson
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Kevin Brewton, MD, Special to Senior Times
 Nearly one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. While prostate health and prostate cancers aren’t normally some- thing we focus on, it is important to take time to know the facts about pros- tate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in U.S. men. While that is a startling static, most men will not ultimately die from the disease. Why? Prostate cancers usually grow slowly and most men diagnosed with the cancer are over age 65. The Prostate Cancer Foundation notes that nearly three million U.S. men are currently living with prostate cancer.
are two to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
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     Although the numbers of men living with the disease is impressive, prostate cancer is still the third leading cause
of cancer death for men. Deaths due
to prostate cancer are outpaced only
by lung and colorectal cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 27,000 men will die from pros- tate cancer this year alone.
Race is also a contributing factor. Prostate cancer is more common in African-American men. It also tends to start younger and progress faster than in other groups of men. To date, there has been no determination as to why this is the case.
With over 160,000 new projected cases of prostate cancer diagnosed just this year, what do you need to know to take control of your prostate health?
Screening options for prostate can- cer are available. The digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) test being the most common.
 A small gland located underneath the bladder, a healthy prostate usually goes unnoticed. As men age, the prostate
can begin to grow, causing difficulty with urination. An enlarged prostate can cause hesitancy, urgency, and pain. This growth in the prostate, often non-can- cerous, can be treated with medication, lifestyle changes, or surgery.
These and other tests are being stud- ied for their help in diagnosing the can- cer while also decreasing the chances of dying. The CDC states that medical groups do not agree on any specific screening recommendations for every circumstance.
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The symptoms for prostate cancer vary from man to man. Some men may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms may include the following:
• Difficulty starting urination.
• Frequent urination, especially at night. • Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
• Difficulty emptying the bladder
If a blood test is performed and it comes back not normal, the only way to determine if this is due to cancer is to do a biopsy. With a biopsy, small pieces of the prostate can be examined in a lab. If cancer is detected, your doctor will discuss treatment options. Options can include consistent monitoring, radi- ation, or surgery.
• Pain or burning during urination. • Blood in urine or semen.
• Painful ejaculation.
There is no one screening or one treatment that is best for every man regarding prostate concerns. If you have concerns or questions, you should speak to your doctor.
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              If you have any of these or other symptoms, speak with your doctor.
 It is also important to understand your risk factors for prostate cancer. Age is your greatest risk. As you grow older, your chance of acquiring prostate cancer grows. The American Cancer Society states that six out of ten men diagnosed are over the age of 65. The average age of diagnosis is about 66.
Kevin Brewton, MD is a doctor at Bronson Urology Specialists. Bronson Urology Specialists treat men expe- riencing problems with their urinary tract. This includes kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra, as well as the reproductive system. Bronson Urology Specialists is located at 4441 Capital Avenue SW in Battle Creek. For infor- mation, or to make an appointment, call (800) 979-6667.
Family history is also an indicator of risk. If you have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer, you
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