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Early Detection for Prostate Cancer

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
Prostate Cancer Early Detection

Learn about the factors that may affect your risk for prostate cancer, and get information about early detection screenings available for prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US count themselves as prostate cancer survivors.

Urologists and the cancer care team at Doylestown Hospital provide a personalized approach to care for anyone seeking consultation, screening, diagnosis or treatment of prostate cancer. If detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable.

"As with any cancer, successful treatment depends on early detection. Because emerging prostate cancer is often asymptomatic, men are encouraged to have an annual digital rectal exam along with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test after age 50 years. For men with a strong family history of prostate cancer, or African-American men who are at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, screening for the disease should begin closer to age 45 years," says Albert Ruenes, MD, urologist at Doylestown Hospital.

"A diagnosis of prostate cancer is often not life threatening, but in certain cases it can indeed be very serious. The aggressiveness of treatment is generally mandated by the aggressiveness of the cancer itself, and this is a characteristic of the disease that is available only through prostate biopsy," says Dr. Ruenes.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Early prostate cancer usually does not present any noticeable symptoms. As prostate cancer advances, men may notice the following symptoms, according to American Cancer Society: Urination problems such as a slow or weak stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.

  • Blood in the urine
  • Erection problems (erectile dysfunction)
  • Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other areas from cancer that has spread to bones
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on the spinal cord

Prostate Cancer Screening

Early detection screenings available include:

  • Digital rectal exam (DRE)
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test

Do what you can to minimize your risk of developing prostate cancer by following the above guidelines as well as living a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise and a well-balanced diet.

Learn more about Prostate Cancer Screenings

About Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute

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