September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to help Zero Cancer in the fight to end Prostate Cancer.
1 in every 9 men will develop Prostate Cancer in their lifetime… making Prostate Cancer the most common cancer among men, besides skin cancer. 1 in every 41 men die from Prostate Cancer.
We want men to know that death from Prostate Cancer is avoidable! Most men who are diagnosed in the early stages are able to live a normal, healthy life. The issue is the lack of testing and men’s avoidance of going to the doctor in their 40’s and 50’s. Here are a few reasons you should get tested for prostate cancer.
There are 4 primary risk factors for developing prostate cancer.
The earlier you detect prostate cancer the easier the treatment and the lower the risk of complications and death. While 1 in 41 men die from prostate cancer, the majority of these deaths could have been avoided had screening and diagnosis been done earlier. 90% of prostate cancers start as local or regional prostate cancer, meaning they are confined to the prostate and maybe other nearby organs. When prostate cancer is local/regional, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%, meaning that almost no one dies within 5 years of local prostate cancer diagnosis. Plus, the 15-year survival rate for local and regional prostate cancer is 96%! However, if prostate cancer is not detected in the local/regional stage, and it spreads to other organs, known as advanced prostate cancer, the 5-year survival rate is only 30%! This is why early testing and detection is so important! 70% of men who develop advanced prostate cancer die with 5 years of diagnosis.
As men, we can do better! We urge men in their 40’s to not wait to visit the doctor and not wait to get tested for prostate cancer. To help, here is a tool to locate a prostate cancer screening center near you.
The test is quick and easy and typically includes a physical exam and a blood test. However, a lot of men want to avoid a rectal exam at all costs. Even Dax Shepard made a video about avoiding Prostate exams.
When prostate cancer is detected in the local or regional stage, the treatment is fairly easy. Typically, treatment involves active surveillance, surgery, or other treatments. Active surveillance involves closely monitoring the prostate cancer through regular check ups and repeat testing (PSA test and prostate biopsy). Your doctor may also recommend a prostatectomy, or surgery to remove the prostate. Other treatments include radiation therapy (using radiation to kill cancer cells), HIFU (high intensity ultrasound that uses heat to kill cancer cells), Cryotherapy (freezing of the tumor to kill cancer cells).
An outcome, or side effect, of prostate cancer and prostate cancer treatment can be temporary or permanent urinary incontinence. This is because the prostate is essential to the male urinary tract and when removed or treated, can disrupt the way your urinary tract works. If you experience any bladder control problems are prostate cancer treatment, Tranquility can help. The Tranquility Male Guard and other absorbent products can help you manage bladder leaks, so you feel confident and in control.
Take the first step and talk to your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer and when you should get tested. The best way to continue living a happy and healthy life is to continue yearly check ups with your doctor in your 40’s and beyond. Join us in raising awareness for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by talking to a friend or family member about Prostate Cancer. You never know, you could save someone’s life!