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Importance of Prostate Cancer Screening

Besides Skin Cancer, Prostate Cancer is the most common type men can get.

It’s also the second leading cause of all Cancer deaths behind Lung Cancer.

Nicole Fuschino has the answers for when should you should get screened what symptoms to look out for and how to be proactive.

This is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month we’re keeping you aware by sharing the ways that you can protect yourself ..

From a type of Cancer that statistics show one in eight men will become diagnosed with in their lifetime.

“With being one in eight, most of us know somebody who has prostate cancer or had prostate cancer.”

I spoke with Dr. David Burwell who says that while 1 in 41 men will die from prostate cancer it’s actually pretty preventable & curable. If precautions are taken early.

“Screening measures usually start for men at age 50 regarding prostate cancer. So, if you’re greater than the age of 50. Or, if you have a family history of prostate cancer, it may be important to talk to your primary care physician — under the age of 50 — to see what your risk of developing prostate cancer is.

Screenings may include blood tests or physical exams.

Symptoms may include urinating more frequently or trouble doing so, weight loss, chronic pain, and more.

“So, it’s really important that if you are developing these symptoms that you talk to your primary care doctor about this. Make sure that you are having your annual wellness or preventative visits and making sure that you’re taking those easy steps because it’s relatively prevalent.”

To limit the likelihood of developing more advanced cases

“The vast majority of patients with prostate cancer with certain treatment can live and survive with prostate cancer, as long as they’re taking care of it well. Now that depends on what stage and grade it is, and also, that’s not for everybody. But it’s important to make sure that we’re evaluating it, screening effectively, and actually taking those additional steps to make sure that you can be cancer free or also live effectively with the cancer if you develop it.”

If you’re not sure if it’s time for a screening for you or a loved one or you’re just unsure about what steps to take you can contact your family doctor or another medical professional to get the process started.

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