September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time to highlight the disease affecting millions of men across the country.
According to the American Cancer Society, one man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every three minutes. For African American men, the risk of dying from prostate cancer is greater that of men of other races.
Experts say it's important to pay close attention to your body, and visit a doctor if you experience any symptoms.
According to the CDC, Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have symptoms at all.
Some symptoms of prostate cancer are:
- Difficulty starting urination
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
- Pain or burning during urination
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away
- Painful ejaculation
Dr. William Hixson is a radiation oncologist at USA Health. He stopped by our studio during Fox 10 News at 4pm to explain what men should know about symptoms and screening tests. USA Health has the only multidisciplinary team that covers all aspects of prostate cancer in the region.