September is a time to enjoy cooler weather and cheering on our favorite football teams. It’s also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and we are on a mission to inform our community about the second most common cancer among men. Approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Early detection is crucial to finding and beating prostate cancer, which is why Infirmary Cancer Care is hosting free prostate cancer screenings from 8-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, in Mobile, Fairhope, Bay Minette and Atmore.
Let’s celebrate the idea that finding a cure is not an “if,” rather it is a “when.” Take some time this September to become more knowledgeable about prostate cancer and men’s health as a whole. You can start now with these quick facts.
Did you know…
- Risk factors are mainly based on family history, geography, age, race and genetics. Having more than one risk factor does not necessarily mean you will get the disease, but it’s important to talk with your doctor about how each risk might affect you.
- Early detection is possible. Screenings may show cancer before any symptoms are experienced. Men should be aware of their recommended age to be screened, as suggested by their doctor based on the risk factors above.
- Signs and symptoms may only become evident in more advanced stages. These symptoms may include slow or weak urinary stream, blood in the urine, pain in the hips, back or chest, and numbness in the legs or feet.
- Many treatment options are available, depending on stage and grade of the cancer, age, other health conditions and more. Treatments may include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy or vaccine treatment.
- The prognosis can be hopeful. Approximately 99% of men with the most common types of prostate cancer overall will survive more than 5 years after diagnosis. Additionally, 90% of men diagnosed have localized cancer just to the prostate, which results in an even more positive prognosis.
Share this information with your loved ones to spread awareness and help bring prostate cancer to an end. Don’t forget to share the prostate cancer screenings with them too!