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The Prostate Cancer facts every man needs to know with Gulf Coast Cancer Centers

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America affecting 1 in 7 men. Dr. William Hixson joined Studio10 with the information you need to know:

The following factors may raise a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer:

  • Age. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, especially after age 50. More than 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older.
  • Race/ethnicity. Black men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men. They are also more likely to develop prostate cancer at an earlier age and to have aggressive tumors that grow quickly.
  • Family history. Prostate cancer that runs in a family, called familial prostate cancer, occurs about 20% of the time. This type of prostate cancer develops because of a combination of shared genes and shared environmental or lifestyle factors.

Hereditary prostate cancer, meaning the cancer is inherited, is rare and accounts for about 5% of cases. Hereditary prostate cancer occurs when gene mutations are passed down within a family from 1 generation to the next.

Screening for prostate cancer is done to find evidence of cancer in otherwise healthy men. Two tests are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer:

  • Digital rectal examination (DRE). A DRE is a test in which the doctor inserts a gloved lubricated finger into a man’s rectum and feels the surface of the prostate for any irregularities.
  • PSA blood test. 

Unfortunately, early stage prostate cancer may not exhibit any signs or symptoms.Patients with more advanced disease may report symptoms such as:

  • Slow or weak urine stream
  • Urge to urinate more often,
    especially at night
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Bone pain

Surgery and radiation are two different treatment options commonly used to treat prostate cancer.

Most common radiation treatments include External Beam RadiationTherapy (Radiation beams are targeted on the prostate from a machine outside the body.) Brachytherapy (Small radioactive pellets, or “seeds,” about the size of a grain of rice are placed directly into the prostate.

The future looks bright –

Exciting new developments are occurring every day that are
improving prostate cancer prevention, detection, treatment and outcomes.

Prevention

  • Foods are being identified that may lower prostate cancer risk, such as
    lycopenes in tomatoes and isoflavones in soybeans

Genetics

  • Researchers are studying gene changes linked to prostate cancer with
    the goal of designing medicines to target those changes

Diagnosis, Staging and Treatment

  • New technologies  and methodologies are making earlier detection and
    more accurate staging possible

New radiation technologies are being developed that are more powerfu

Gulf Coast Cancer Centers has three cancer centers in south Alabama, and is part of Vantage Oncology and McKesson Specialty Health, which supports the nation’s largest network of integrated, evidence-based oncology practices providing quality, personalized care in a community setting.

Gulf Coast Cancer Center locations:

Daphne - 29653 Anchor Cross Blvd

Brewton - 1207 Azalea Pl

Foley – 1703 Bunner St

www.gccancercenter.com

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